This Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m., Baltimore, MD's Power Plant Barnes & Noble will host local author and illustrator J. Scott Fuqua as he signs copies of his brand new children's book, Calvert the Raven in The Battle of Baltimore.
"Calvert the Raven was an attempt to strip away the dusty, formal feel of history," says Fuqua, also an instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art. "I wanted to make it immediate."
In Fuqua's beautifully illustrated story, a Baltimore boy named Daniel has just received a poor grade on an awful history paper, but he doesn't really care. History is boring anyway. But that changes when a magical wise-cracking raven named Calvert takes Daniel back in time to the Battle of Baltimore.
The Battle of Baltimore, most remembered for the bombardment of Fort McHenry, began September 12, 1814, and became the defining conflict of the War of 1812. The battle inspired the eventual United States national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
"When the British invaders turned their attentions to Baltimore, the city was ready," says Burt Kummerow, president of Historyworks, Inc. and the Maryland Historical Society. Kummerow has been involved with the book from the beginning. "It was a moment of triumph that propelled a fragile young republic into the future."