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.

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    by William “Duke” Smither ***Note:  Preview text below concerns troops preparing for a “Holy War,” as observed by “Phasael,” a Maroon Spy  (passage from novel, “BACKROADS TO ‘BETHLEHEM’: Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior, in the Shadows of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade”).        Chapter Four (Porto Calvo Rendezvous):  January 6, 1694…   […]

By William “Duke” Smither “Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.”   — Babatunde Olatunji (Nigerian Djembefola, 1927-2003, Grammy award-winning, master-drummer, percussionist)   Talking Drums African musicians say that […]

works   “Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” Richard Wright (1908-1960; Mississippi-born Writer, Novelist, Poet)     The journey in writing “Backroads to ‘Bethlehem’: Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior” has been so much longer than the writing process itself– perhaps, as far back […]

“…The death of a thing is not the end; it’s merely a new beginning. But, it’s the backroads in life that are often the most fruitful and divine!”  (From “Backroads to Bethlehem….” 2018 Debut Novel by William “Duke” Smither, Release Date Pending)   ABOUT THE BOOK: “BACKROADS TO BETHLEHEM…” (Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior…) is […]

by William “Duke” Smither   “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”  U. S. Constitution – 1st […]

by William “Duke” Smither   “Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism…”  Oprah Winfrey     The way I see it, racism AND sexism happens to be America’s 5th dimension of bigotry- more like pawns- on the ‘sociopolitical chessboards of life’, like the bane of barefaced bigotry against women, especially African-American women. Yet, on the flipside of this sociopolitical […]