Hey, everyone -
If you're interested in reading the book, the version I recommend is "12 Years a Slave - The Enhanced Edition.
" The Kindle version is only 99¢! This version is by historian Sue Eakin, PhD, who found the book in a neighboring plantation's library when she was a child and became obsessed with researching the details of Solomon Northup's life and story. There's an excellent introduction, lots of linked footnotes (which let you jump to the footnote and your Kindle and jump back to your place in the text), a chapter at the end of what is known about Northup's life after he returned to his family, and of course appendices, bibliographies, etc. It's also quite readable - I highly recommend it!
Also - did anyone else notice the name of Quvenzhané Wallis in the credits? She was the amazing little girl who was nominated for an Academy Award for "Beasts of the Southern Wild." She played the younger version of Northup's daughter Margaret. Darn, I wish I had known she was in it - I would have watched more closely for her!
Great seeing everyone last night - and thanks for a terrific discussion after!