Author talk: Karen Branan on ‘The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia’
Join us Wednesday March 16 at 6pm for a talk with author and veteran journalist Karen Branan. Branan will discuss her recent book The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets and My Search for the Truth.
Books will be available for purchase. Complimentary tea and cookies will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
About the book
“Harris County, Georgia, 1912. A white man, the beloved nephew of the county sheriff, is shot dead on the porch of a black woman. Days later, the sheriff sanctions the lynching of a woman and three men, all African American and all of them innocent. In The Family Tree, Karen Branan, the great-granddaughter of the sheriff, digs deep into the past to deliver a shattering historical memoir a century after that horrific day.
Karen Branan spent nearly twenty years combing through diaries and letters, hunting for clues in libraries and archives throughout the country and interviewing community elders to piece together the events and motives that led a group of people to murder four of their fellow citizens in such a brutal public display. In doing so, she unearths long-hidden aspects of the South’s racial history, but what she ultimately discovers is far more personal. As she unravels this painful story, Branan is also forced to confront her own deep-rooted beliefs surrounding race and family, ultimately challenging her own self-image as an educated, modern woman who had risen above the racism of her upbringing, a transformative process which comes to a head when Branan uncovers a startling truth: She is not only related to the sheriff, but also to one of the four murdered African Americans. Both identities – culprit and victim – are her inheritance to bear.”
March 4, 2016 / riverbybooksdc /
11am to 7pm Daily