Playwright and actress Shella Gillus has penned her debut novel, The Loom (Guideposts). Set in the 1800s, it’s the story of a common slave whose pale skin opens a door to an unimagined world of wealth and power. Shella’s research proved that slaves lived a much deeper and more varied life than many of us imagine, and she hopes her story conveys truths that have not been traditionally recorded.

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