Author and educator Sharon Draper will talk about “Copper Sun,” her historic novel for young adults, Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at Princeton Public Library. Her appearance is the centerpiece of a series of programs presented this fall at the library as part of Princeton University’s Princeton & Slavery Project.
“Copper Sun” is the story of 15-year-old Amari whose happy life with her family in Ghana is destroyed when she is stolen from her village, imprisoned under horrific conditions and ultimately sold as a slave in America. Despite unspeakable humiliations and grueling labor, Amari finds the strength to survive and never stops dreaming of escape.
During her visit, Draper, a five-time Coretta Scott King Book Award-winner and 1997’s National Teacher of the Year, will give an overview of “Copper Sun,” talk about her visits to Africa and share her inspiration for the book. There will also be a short video presentation and a question-and-answer session.