Myers brings ‘Revolutionary’ tale to town

Oct 10, 2018
Alex Myers

Camden — Camden Public Library’s Discover History Month 2018 will host author Alex Myers Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. for a discussion his historical debut novel “It’s Revolutionary.”

In 1782, during the final clashes of the Revolutionary War, one of our young nation’s most valiant and beloved soldiers was, secretly, a woman. When Deborah Samson disguised herself as a man and joined the Continental Army, she wasn’t just fighting for America’s independence — she was fighting for her own. Myers will delve into the history behind Sampson's life and Revolutionary War-era America, as well as historical and contemporary gender roles.

After years as an indentured servant in a sleepy Massachusetts town, chafing under the oppressive norms of colonial America, Deborah decides to finally make her escape. She cuts her hair, binds her chest and, stealing clothes from a neighbor, rechristens herself Robert Shurtliff. It’s a desperate, dangerous and complicated deception — only more so when, as Robert, she enlists in the Continental Army.

Writer, teacher and speaker Myers, a descendant of the historical Deborah, was born and raised in Paris, Maine, as a girl (Alice) and left Maine to attend boarding school at Phillips Exeter Academy. At Exeter, Alex came out as transgender, returning his senior year as a man after attending for three years as a woman. He was the first transgender student in Exeter’s history and also was the first openly transgender student at Harvard, working to change the university’s nondiscrimination clause to include gender identity.

Copies of Myers' book will be available for sale and signing. Discover History Month 2018 is sponsored by Camden Law, with additional support from Lyman-Morse, Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inns, and the Smiling Cow.

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