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One Maryland One Book Author Tour Brings a Real Life Fairy Tale to Montgomery College Peggielene “King Peggy” Bartels to Speak at the College, Sept. 27


In partnership with the Maryland Humanities Council, Montgomery College will welcome “King Peggy,” Peggielene Bartels, co-author of the book “King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village,” on Friday, September 27 as part of the 2013 One Maryland One Book Author Tour. The event, held at the College’s Cultural Arts Center at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to stay for a book signing and a reception following the talk.

Five years ago, Bartels transformed overnight from a secretary living in Silver Spring, Md. to the chief (king) of Otuam, a 7,000-person village on the central coast of Ghana. Bartels immigrated to the United States in her early 20s, became a naturalized American citizen and has lived in Silver Spring for the past 30 years. She was chosen to serve as chief after the death of her uncle, Otuam’s former leader.

As king, Bartels continues to live primarily in Maryland and work for the Ghanian Embassy in Washington, DC, but she travels between her two home countries for several weeks out of the year. She and her co-author, Eleanor Herman, penned a narrative about her experiences improving the infrastructure and management of her village home in Africa. Herman is a New York Times best-selling author, born and raised in Baltimore, Md.

For more information or to request disability accommodations please visit or contact the event coordinator, Maisha Duncan, at 240-567-1688 or by e-mail at

For more information about the One Maryland One Book statewide reading initiative and the full author tour calendar, visit or call 410-685-6161.

The One Maryland One Book Author Tour is sponsored at Montgomery College by the libraries, the Takoma Park/Silver Spring First Year Experience program, the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Office of Student Life, the Cultural Arts Center and the Office of the Vice President and Provost.

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