King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman
Celebrating its sixth year in 2013, One Maryland One Book (OMOB), a program of the Maryland Humanities Council, brings together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book.
Royalty comes to Frederick with the 2013 One Maryland One Book selection, King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman. Bartels - “King Peggy” - will speak at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on Friday, September 13, at 7:30 pm.
Peggielene (Peggy) Bartels, a native of Ghana, moved to Washington, D.C. in her mid-twenties to work at her country’s embassy. She became an American citizen in 1997 and in 2008, quite unexpectedly, was chosen to be king of Otuam, a town of 7,000 people on Ghana’s central coast. Her first two years as king unfold in a way that is stranger than fiction, and quite heartwarming.
In the end, a deeply traditional African town is uplifted by the ambitions of its decidedly modern female king, and Peggy is herself transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community.
One Maryland One Book Author Tour
An Evening with King Peggy
Friday, September 13, 7:30 pm
Weinberg Center for the Arts
20 W. Patrick Street, Frederick
Previous One Maryland One Book Selections
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Outcasts United by Warren St. John
Song Yet Sung by James McBride
A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind