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Prologue is WHQR's monthly book discussion, hosted by Ben Steelman of the Star News. Takes place on the second Monday of the month, at 7pm. Prologue is currently hosted via Zoom Webinar.

Prologue: "Mountain" by Robert Kuncio-Raleigh, November 11th


Monday, November 11th

The MC Erny Gallery

On Monday, November 11th, at noon in the MC Erny Gallery, host Ben Steelman of The Star News will sit down with author Robert Kuncio-Raleigh to discuss his latest book, "Mountain."


Robert Kuncio-Raleigh graduated from Penn State and was curator at Ben Franklin's library where he was a Ford Foundation recipient, assembling the first exhibition of materials relating to Black History and has published undiscovered poems of Phyllis Wheatley, America's first Black poet. He is an avid fly-fisherman, naturalist, world traveler, reader, and an accomplished watercolorist and pastel artist, having had works in many juried shows. Robert and his wife are retired in North Carolina, where he paints and writes every day.


A vivid picture of life in the era when America was born, Mountain is based on the true story of Joseph Mountain — a free black raised by notable white Philadelphians before the revolutionary war. His adopted father — a signer of the Declaration of Independence — gives Joseph a stipend just before war breaks out and sends him abroad for his education. In London, he meets two itinerant entertainers who are also highwaymen. With dreams of adventure, young Joseph joins his new friends as a gentleman of the pike and as a sailor to make his fortune, but one day, fate places him on a notorious slave ship where his life changes. The novel is an account of his adventures in an intolerant world, his efforts to redeem his errant life, and subsequent visits to the Maroons of Jamaica, a Voudoo priest in Haiti, and thence to New Orleans where he seeks new allies. With a new-found perspective, Joseph returns home to the new United States.

Mary Bradley moved to Wilmington from Los Angeles, CA in May 2007 with her husband Frank and twin baby daughters, Maggie and Kate. In California, Mary had been Drive Director and the producer of Elvis Mitchell's nationally syndicated public radio interview program "The Treatment" for public radio station KCRW for ten years. Mary was raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Boston University. Mary recently served as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Cape Fear Chapter.