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Shawn Pryor to Participate in the Kentucky Book Festival with “Fighting for Freedom Along the Underground Railroad”

Shawn Pryor to Participate in the Kentucky Book Festival with “Fighting for Freedom Along the Underground Railroad”

August 4, 2023




What will Kentucky Book Festival visitors find on your table?

I’ll have copies of Fighting for Freedom Along the Underground Railroad (Part of Capstone Publishing’s “You Choose” series), as well as copies of the hi-lo reader superhero series, The Gamer.


Whom do you invite to stop by? Who will benefit from reading your book?

I invite kids, middle-readers, and kids at heart to stop by my table. The Gamer book series is fantastic for those that struggle with reading but don’t know where to start. The adventures of The Gamer are stand-alone stories, so readers don’t have to worry about any particular reading order when picking up one of the books from the series. For people who enjoy choosing their own adventures, I would recommend picking up a copy of Fighting for Freedom Along the Underground Railroad because it allows the reader to learn about a very important time in United States history while allowing them to participate in the story.


Could you please tell us something curious about you and/or your book?

I am a big fan of Tokusatsu. Tokusatsu is a Japanese term for live-action films or television shows that make heavy use of practical special effects, practical and digital. Super Sentai (what we know in the United States as Power Rangers) has been going on over there for over 50 years, and characters like Kamen Rider, which is very popular in Japan, have gained such a following in the United States. When I was younger, it was very difficult to get access or find these shows here. But now, these superhero series are more accessible than ever, showing generations of kids and kids at heart vibrant and fun superhero stories. In a way, The Gamer book series is my version of American Tokusatsu.


Is this your first time participating in Kentucky Book Festival? If yes – what are you looking forward to the most? If you’ve participated before – what was your favorite experience at the Festival?

The thing I love most about being a part of the Kentucky Book Festival is the chance that my book is “someone’s first book,” if you know what I mean. My goal as a writer is to spark imaginations and help usher in a new generation of creatives that love to write, read, share, and dream.




YOU are fighting for freedom from enslavement for yourself and others during the mid-1800s. Will you escape to freedom? And will you help others escape as part of the Underground Railroad’s network of freedom fighters? Step back in time to face the challenges and decisions that real people faced to escape slavery.

Thank you!

Thanks so much to all who attended this year’s festival! Please provide feedback about your experience by submitting a survey. 

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