Maryland Humanities Council Announces Author Tour

KPBookCover (259 x 400)-One Maryland One Book Author King Peggy Tours Maryland

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) will welcome 2013 One Maryland One Book author King Peggy to Maryland from September 7 – September 28 for a seven-stop tour across the state, to speak about, King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village. King Peggy will start her author tour at North Caroline High School in Ridgley and end the tour at the Baltimore Book Festival. King Peggy will also visit the Elkton Central Library, The Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Lexington Park Library, Harford Community College, and at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center.

One Maryland One Book (OMOB), a program of the Maryland Center for the Book, brings diverse groups of Marylanders together in library, school, and community settings to share a common reading experience through book discussions and companion programming each fall. To find discussions and other programs or author tour information visit

About the Book:
King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman
King Peggy chronicles the journey of American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana’s central coast. On a hot August night in 2008, Peggielene was startled awake by a long-distance call. It was her cousin in Ghana with incredible news: Peggy’s uncle Joseph, king of a beautiful village on the west coast of Africa, had died, and sacred rituals revealed Peggy to be the next king of Otuam. Thinking it was a joke, she almost hung up. How could a secretary in Washington, D.C., an American citizen, be an African king? Not to mention that she was a woman. But it was true, and, in an instant, Peggy’s life was forever changed. Peggy’s first two years as king of Otuam unfold in a way that is stranger than fiction. In the end, a deeply traditional African town is uplifted by the ambitions of its decidedly modern female king, and Peggy is herself transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community.
About The Authors
Peggielene Bartels—“King Peggy”—was born in Ghana in 1953 and moved to Washington, D.C. in her mid-twenties to work at Ghana’s embassy. She became an American citizen in 1997. In 2008, she was chosen to be king of Otuam, a Ghanaian village of seven thousand souls on the west coast of Africa. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, still works at the embassy, and spends several weeks each year in Ghana. Find out more at
Eleanor Herman is the author of three books of women’s history, including The New York Times bestsellers Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen. Her profile of Peggy was a cover story for The Washington Post Magazine. She lives in McLean, Virginia. Find out more at
“Wandering Books” – King Peggy Wanders Maryland

Free copies of the 2013 One Maryland One Book selection have been released around the state with a fun campaign to entice readers to the program, called “Wandering Books.” Readers can receive clues about where to find books via MHC’s One Maryland One Book Facebook page or by following @MDHumanities on Twitter. Libraries in Washington, Harford, Queen Anne’s, Frederick, Talbot, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties are responsible for each book’s starting location. Readers log onto and register their book’s ID number, leave a comment or review, then return it to a new locale to be found again. Instructions located inside the book jacket guide readers. Participation is free. Participants who register books will be automatically entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble when the campaign ends in the fall.

About the Maryland Humanities Council: MHC is a statewide, educational, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that stimulates and promotes informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders. For more information, visit MHC is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards.
2013 One Maryland One Book Author Tour Schedule

EVENT: An Afternoon with King Peggy
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: North Caroline High School – 10990 River Road, Ridgely
Info: (410) 479-1343

EVENT: An Evening with King Peggy
Date: Monday, September 9, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Elkton Central Library – 301 Newark Avenue, Elkton
Info: (410) 996-5600

EVENT: An Evening with King Peggy
Date: Friday, September 13, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Weinberg Center for the Arts – 20 W. Patrick Street, Frederick
Info: (301) 600-2828

EVENT: King Peggy LIVE!
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lexington Park Library – 21677 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park
Info: (301) 863-8188

EVENT: An Evening with King Peggy
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Harford Community College Chesapeake Theater – 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air
Info: (410) 273-5600

EVENT: An Evening with King Peggy
Date: Friday, September 27, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center Auditorium – 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
Info: (240) 567-1688

EVENT: Baltimore Book Festival – Baltimore, Maryland
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Baltimore Book Festival’s Literary Salon. Mount Vernon Square, Baltimore City
Info: (410) 685-0095

One Maryland One Book is proudly supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation, and BGE, with additional support from M&T Bank, and in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The 2013 Author tour is coordinated in partnership with Calvert Library, Caroline County Public Library, Cecil County Public Library, Charles County Public Library, Frederick County Public Libraries, Harford County Public Library, Montgomery College, St. Mary’s County Library, and the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association, with additional support from Frederick Reads, Friends of Caroline County Public Library, Caroline County Public Schools, Harford Community College, Harford County Community Services, Hosanna School and Museum, The Weinberg Center for the Arts, and Tuscarora High School.