June 27, 2023
Cary Library: Author Alex Myers to Speak on Revolutionary Heroine Deborah Sampson and Gender Identity (VIRTUAL)
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Join us for a celebration of Pride Month as we learn more about Deborah Sampson, who ran away from home and disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.,
In 1782, Deborah Sampson ran away from home and disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. More than 200 years later, Sampson’s ancestor, author Alex Myers, was so inspired by her story that he wrote Revolutionary, a fictionalized novel based on the true story of Sampson’s 17 months as a soldier.
Join us for a celebration of Pride Month with this extraordinary conversation!
About the author:
Alex Myers is a writer, teacher, and speaker. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, studying Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Myers was the first openly transgender student at Harvard and worked to change the University’s nondiscrimination clause to include gender identity. After earning a master’s degree in religion at Brown, he has pursued a career in teaching English at secondary schools. He completed his Master’s of Fine Arts in fiction writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he began his work on Revolutionary, which was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster.
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