Sunday, July 13, 2008

Yellow Springs Authors

MARGARET GARNER by Joanne Caputo

Filmmaker Joanne Caputo has just released a new non-fiction book, Margaret Garner: Diversity and Depth of Love, based on an American slavery research project she began in 1994. Margaret Garner is two books in one and introduces a new non-fiction genre.

Book One, Diversity of Love, details the American slave mother’s 1856 murder of her own child and subsequent federal trial in Cincinnati. Book Two, Depth of Love, is a memoir of the author’s paranormal experiences with Garner and related individuals, which occurred from 1997 to 2001, and culminated in the author's life-changing experience with breast cancer.
As ten percent of Book One includes material Caputo gleaned from deceased individuals, via interviews with Yellow Springs, OH clairvoyant medium, Terri Coleman (, the author has named its genre “historical spiritual non-fiction.”
Margaret Garner has been endorsed by Charles Blockson of Temple University, author of The Underground Railroad, as well as Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, and former WHIO-TV health reporter, Sherry Wheaton, MD, now a Jungian instructor for the Omega Institute (see below).
Caputo received an Ohio Arts Council Screenwriting Fellowship award in 1998 for her “Margaret Garner” screenplay, a panelist calling it “America’s ‘Sophie’s Choice.’” That same year she located Margaret Garner’s former slave home in Richwood, KY, which led to a preliminary archeological dig on the site by two universities, and subsequent listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Caputo currently has several films in progress, including a five-year study of an American prison artist in Pennsylvania. Her nationally acclaimed disability documentary, On A Roll, recommended by The New York Times, won the 2005 Audience Award from the PBS Independent Lens television series.

Margaret Garner is now available on-line and at stores in Yellow Springs, OH:

Epic Bookshop
118 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
(866) 876-6896
(937) 767-7997

Kings Yard
Yellow Springs, OH 45387