Editor Publishes Novel of the Slave Trade and the Civil War
Did a young man ever take a shipment of Seneca Castle cabbages down Senaca Lake, through the Chemung Canal to the Susquehanna, and on to Baltimore for sale to that city’s burgeoning German population? That’s a legend in the family of Donna Copson, wife of local author Ray Copson.
Ray Copson uses the tale as the take-off point for his new novel, Benediction. Copson imagines that Caleb Lawson, once he sells his cabbages, is inveigled aboard the clipper ship Diana, just before it sets out on an illegal slave voyage to Africa, the last of its kind.
If you’re interested in the slave trade and the Civil War — if you’re interested in love and death, fidelity and betrayal — you’ll want to read this book.
For more on Benediction, and to learn how to obtain your copy, visit RayCopson.com
A book-signing is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, at the Arts Center of Yates County, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
A signing will also take place at the Yates County History Center on Saturday, January 25, at 1 p.m.
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