Vietnam Veteran and Author to Speak at St. Michaels Library

George Brummell & Colin Powell (400 x 325)On Monday, December 7, at noon, in the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library, George Brummell will talk about his memoir, “Shades of Darkness,” and the life experiences that inspired it.

Brummell, who grew up in rural Maryland, joined the Army at age 17. After postings in Korea and Germany, he was sent to Vietnam where, in 1966, he stepped on a landmine and lost his sight and the use of one hand. has called Brummell’s book, “A touching, funny, sexy memoir about both the African-American experience and learning to live on the other side of darkness.”

After being discharged from the Army, Brummell earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron.  He then went to work for the Blind Veterans Association, where he was instrumental in improving the way the Department of Veteran Affairs serves blind veterans.  After twenty years service, he retired from the Blind Veterans Association in 2004.  “Shades of Darkness” was published in 2006.

Brummell’s presentation represents the December offering for St. Michaels in the Friends of the Library’s Brown Bag Lunch lecture series.  Patrons need not pre-register for this program.  All library programs are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit