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About the Authors

2013 One Maryland One Book


Peggielene Bartels 

Peggielene Bartels—“King Peggy”—was born in Ghana in 1953 and moved to Washington, D.C. in her mid-twenties to work at Ghana’s embassy. She became an American citizen in 1997. In 2008, she was chosen to be king of Otuam, a Ghanaian village of seven thousand souls on the west coast of Africa. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, still works at the embassy, and spends several weeks each year in Ghana. Find out more at




Eleanor Herman


Eleanor Herman is the author of three books of women’s history, including The New York Times bestsellers Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen. Her profile of Peggy was a cover story for The Washington Post Magazine. She lives in McLean, Virginia. Find out more at