Margaret Bolsterli will be at Nightbird on Saturday afternoon, June 20th, reading from her newest book, Kaleidoscope: Redrawing and American Family Tree. After the reading, Bolsterli will be available to sign books and visit individually.
In 2005 Margaret Jones Bolsterli learned that her great-great-grand father was a free mulatto named Jordan Chavis, who owned an antebellum plantation near Vicksburg, Mississippi. The news was a shock; Bolsterli had heard about the plantation in family stories told during her Arkansas Delta childhood, but Chavis’s name and race had never been mentioned. With further exploration Bolsterli found that when Chavis’s children crossed the Mississippi River between 1859 and 1875 for exile in Arkansas, they passed into the white world, leaving the family’s racial history completely behind.
Margaret Bolsterli grew up on a cotton farm in the Arkansas Delta during the Great Depression. She is the author or editor of six previous books.