Author Diana Polisensky to Speak at the Newport Public Library
Diana Polisensky with talk about her book Whitewashed Jacarandas at the Newport Public Library on Saturday, January 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Whitewashed Jacarandas is the first volume of a quartet describing the burst of development that took place in Southern Rhodesia between the end of WWII and crisis with Britain over the rise of African Nationalism.
Based on real events, the book tells the story of Sunny Rubenstein, a doctor who provides medical services at a gold mine. Attached to the mine is the smallest municipality in the world, Umzimtuti. Sunny anticipates a free rein in this backwater, where dread disease among the Africans is still commonplace, although mostly preventable. He needs to overcome the mine management, the hospital matron and the entrenched mayor to advance the little town.
Polisensky was born into a medical family in Southern Rhodesia, during a time when colonialism was still respectable.
She crossed the Atlantic as a young woman, ending her career in genetic engineering at Rice University. Now retired, she lives as a recluse on the Oregon coast.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153 or go to www.newportlibrary.org.