Celebrating ON ZION’S HILL: A Novel (2015)
To celebrate Black History Month, The Bishop’s School hosted a collaborative event with art, music dance and dramatic readings from On Zion’s Hill, a novel by former chair of the Bishop’s English Department, Anna J. Small Roseboro.
On Zion’s Hill is a nostalgic journey back to the camp where Anna met her husband 50 years ago. Her fictional characters, Ken and Angie, meet at the camp and struggle with choosing the right course for their relationship.
In addition to explaining what’s fact and what’s fiction in her book, Anna invited guests to read passages, bringing the scenes to life before the audience. Participating readers were Head of Upper School Bill Goss, Spanish teacher Mary Jane Sutherland, Chaplain Brian Fidler, along with several alumni and current students.
The book’s illustrator, Susan J. Osborn, was another speaker at the event. Susan is a former faculty member of the Bishop’s Visual Arts Department. She explained the illustration process from start to finish, showing the cover in its various stages.
There was also a musical component. The Bishop’s Singers performed “This Little Light of Mine,” and Samantha Webster ’16 sang “How Great Thou Art” and “God of Our Fathers.”
Another performance included students in the dance class that Cresence Birder ’07 teaches. Their graceful and whimsical piece was called “On the Hill Top.”
If you missed this February event, watch the video here.