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October 10, 2008

WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers features "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volumes I and II"

Author M.T. Anderson will sign copies of his new book “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume II: Kingdom on the Waves” on Sunday, Nov. 9 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Williamsburg Booksellers®, 101 Visitor Center Dr., in Williamsburg.

“The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing” is for readers in grades nine and above. Fearing a death sentence, Octavian and his tutor, Dr. Trefusis, escape through rising tides and pouring rain to find shelter in British-occupied Boston. Separated from all he knows – the College of Lucidity, the rebel cause – Octavian hopes to find safe harbor. Instead, he is soon to learn of Lord Dunmore’s proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join the British forces.

In volume II, Anderson recounts Octavian’s experiences as the Revolutionary War explodes around him, thrusting him into intense battles and tantalizing him with elusive visions of liberty. Ultimately, the narrative escalates to a startling climax, while reexamining our national origins in a provocative light.

Anderson is the author of several novels for young adults, including “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party,” winner of the National Book Award, and “Feed,” which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Anderson also will speak at the Williamsburg Library, 515 Scotland St., Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. For information about the library event, contact Noreen Bernstein, youth services director, at 757-259-4054.

The author’s appearances take place during the weekend of Colonial Williamsburg’s 13th annual Brothers in Arms program, with special events examining the lives and complexities of free and enslaved blacks during the Revolutionary Era. Programs highlight personal and unified contributions, sacrifices and decisions 18th-century blacks faced in securing their freedom.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” - a dramatic live street theater presentation - is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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