Chris Tomlinson is the Supervisory Correspondent for The Associated Press in Austin, Texas. He spent 14 years as a foreign correspondent, based in Africa but covering wars and disasters across the Middle East and Asia. His stories covered the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, civil wars in Somalia and Sudan and natural disasters in India and Congo. He is a fifth generation Texan and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
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Chris Tomlinson answers questions about Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black
In July 2014, BookBrowse's Book Club discussed Tomlinson Hill. As part of this conversation, participants had the opportunity to ask questions of the author. Below are his answers. View the full discussion
Was it awkward or uncomfortable approaching the Black Tomlinson families for your interviews?
Yes, it was extremely awkward in the beginning. I honestly wasn't sure how to begin the conversation, because I felt like I was imposing on them to talk about something that they had every reason to be angry about. But after the first few meetings, I realized they were far more comfortable with our shared history than I was. After all, they lived everyday with the name of my ancestors who had held their ancestors in slavery. LaDainian and his brother LaVar were the last to agree to speak with me, largely because they didn't want to acknowledge their ancestors' suffering. But once they realized there was more to the story, they embraced the project.
Did the fact that your father was adopted affect your feeling toward your ancestors?
My father's adoption...
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