Novel takes off in Newport

Oregon Coast author Harold Titus will read from his novel exploring the culture and conflicts of Algonquian villagers this Saturday, Sept. 8, in Newport.

Titus’ novel “Alsoomse and Wanchese,” is set on Roanoke Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks a year before the arrival of English explorers in 1584.

The novel follows 17-year-old Alsoomse, who desires freedom to doubt, discover and aspire without tribal hindrance. She pushes continuously against tribal convention, the imposed role of women and the dictatorial authority of men, rulers and priests. Meanwhile, Alsoomse’s 19-year-old brother is led into life-and-death situations and dangerous conflict with his ruler’s top subordinate.

Titus graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in history. He taught intermediate school English, American history and a drama elective for many years in Orinda, California. He is the author of “Crossing the River,” a historical novel about the experiences of English and American participants in the Battle of Lexington and Battle of Concord April 19, 1775, clashes that mark the beginning of the American Revolution. Excerpts from both novels can be found on his blog site:

Saturday’s reading will start at 3 pm in the meeting room at Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.

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