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WestSouthwest: Author and musician Ned Sublette

Chicago Review Press


Ned Sublette splits his time between writing books about history and writing and performing music. A two day visit to Kalamazoo has allowed him a chance to show off both talents. 

Sublette read from his forthcoming book America's Slave Coast at Western Michigan University Tuesday night. He will perform music and have a book signing at the Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo Wednesday night. That will be from 5:00 until 8:00. 

Sublette says America's Slave Coast grew out of previous work on the history of New Orleans. He says the subject of the slave trade needed to be its own book. 

Extended interview with Ned Sublette

Musically, Sublette has also tackled controversial subjects in his music. That includes the song Sally about Thomas Jefferson's slave Sally Hemmings. 

Gordon Evans became WMUK's Content Director in 2019 after more than 20 years as an anchor, host and reporter. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he began work at WMUK in 1996.
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