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Q&A with Historical Fiction Author Denny S. Bryce (virtual)

October 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We are celebrating a book birthday! Denny’s new book, “The Other Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter” is coming out on October 3rd and we cannot wait to chat about it! Bring your own cake and ice cream (candles optional 🙂) for what is going to be a fascinating Q&A with one of our very favorite authors!

You can buy signed books (by bookplate) by Denny from Aesop’s Fable. Just write that you would like the book signed in the notes section at checkout.

About the book:

A stunning portrait of an African princess raised in Queen Victoria’s court and adapting to life in Victorian England—based on the real-life story of a recently rediscovered historical figure, Sarah Forbes Bonetta.

With a brilliant mind and a fierce will to survive, Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a kidnapped African princess, is rescued from enslavement at seven years old and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift.” To the Queen, the girl is an exotic trophy to be trotted out for the entertainment of the royal court and to showcase Victoria’s magnanimity. Sarah charms most of the people she meets, even those who would cast her aside. Her keen intelligence and her aptitude for languages and musical composition helps Sarah navigate the Victorian era as an outsider given insider privileges.

But embedded in Sarah’s past is her destiny. Haunted by visions of destruction and decapitations, she desperately seeks a place, a home she will never run from, never fear, a refuge from nightmares and memories of death.

From West Africa to Windsor Castle to Sierra Leone, to St. James’s Palace, and the Lagos Colony, Sarah juggles the power and pitfalls of a royal upbringing as she battles racism and systematic oppression on her way to living a life worthy of a Yoruba princess.

Based on the real life of Queen Victoria’s Black goddaughter, Sarah Forbes Bonetta’s story is a sweeping saga of an African princess in Victorian England and West Africa, as she searches for a home, family, love, and identity.

About Denny:

I write historical fiction, and my third novel, The Other PRINCESS: a novel of Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter, will release from William Morrow Books on October 3, 2023. My first two novels, WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES (an Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller) and IN THE FACE OF THE SUN, from Kensington Books, were dual-timeline novels that explored the 1920s in Chicago and Los Angeles, respectively, and the entertainment industry. Each novel featured a cast of courageous, flawed, adventurous, and sometimes dangerous female protagonists.

My novels explore the African American and/or Black experience in well-researched stories that I am proud to share as one of the Black authors worldwide telling these stories.

A former public relations professional, I spent more than 20 years running my marketing and public relations firm. For nearly 10 of those years, however, I wrote and read Buffy/Spike fan fiction. I am a devoted fan of genre television, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Angel (the TV series) fit the bill. These days, I am revisiting my love of classic film, jazz, and R&B (with a bit of hip-hop and rap thrown in because–why not?).

Before fanfiction and my days as a PR Diva, I was a professional dancer, part-time singer, and “bad” actress. I worked with professional dance companies in Chicago and New York and was cast in a theatrical production, which almost debuted off-off-off-Broadway. In college, I was a theater and dance major with a minor in history. But my love of American, European, and African history I credit to my maternal grandmother, Ella Elizabeth Joseph, who immigrated from Kingston, Jamaica, to New York City in 1923. I also must give my maternal grandfather some love, too. He was born in French Guiana and fought in the Great War (WWI) in France. In exploring my ancestry, like many African Americans, my family’s roots are in West Africa, today’s Nigeria. I am also first generation Bermudan (on my father’s side) and second-generation Jamaican (on my mother’s side).

I could go on and on about my family and my adventures, but those tales are part of the reason I write–I love storytelling–and I have many to write and share:)! Currently, I live in Savannah, Georgia, but I’m formerly from Washington, DC., Chicago, and New York City. Yes, I’ve moved around. I love to travel and like to say I’m always a toothbrush away from my next flight to the nearest beach or mountaintop.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library and offered in conjunction with Pollard Memorial Library of Lowell.

Please register for this program HERE (https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6516902290028/WN_x03Adf4NTLiZi8DxDbCWRA#/registration) for the Zoom credentials.

This event is being promoted as part of the 2023 Lowell City of Learning Festival, which is a project under the fiscal sponsorship of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

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