Welcome to "Talking Drum Dialogues," current website for William "Duke" Smither, Author of "Backroads to 'Bethlehem'...," the novel.

"BACKROADS TO 'BETHLEHEM': Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior...," is available on-line at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. The story is set within 17th & 18th century Brazil and Jamaica on the widening landscape of "Maroon Wars," as well as concerted efforts among West African tribes and the indigenous peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. A "free preview" is obtainable via this site's "Navigation" page (click MENU icon, upper left). However, please feel free to sift through the various other blog/ journal postings below. Thank you for visiting.