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Walter Mosely Talking: Bestselling novelist and African-American activist
Date Tuesday March 31
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St, Oakland
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorKen Preston
Bestselling novelist, celebrated crime writer,
African-American activist, creator of Easy Rawlins

Hosted by KPFA’s Anita Johnson

Tickets: $10 advance: or supportive bookstores,

$13 door, night of event. Benefits KPFA Radio, 94.1FM

Info: 510.848.6767X609

The great crime novelist talks about his life and work and new book, answers questions from the audience and signs copies of his book.

Walter Mosley has written 29 critically acclaimed books (translated into 21 languages). Best known among them are the historical mysteries featuring two-fisted detective Easy Rawlins, a black private investigator living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. One of these, Devil in a Blue Dress, was made into a major film starring Denzel Washington. Among his other popular titles are: Red Death, Black Betty, A Little Yellow Dog, The Man In My Basement, Blonde Faith, Cinnamon Kiss, and Fear of the Dark. Mosley served on PEN’s Open Book Committee, a group working to increase the presence of African-Americans and other others in the publishing community. He was a finalist for the NAACP Award in Fiction, and was given the Risktaker Award by the Sundance Institute.

In THE LONG FALL, Mosley leaves behind Easy Rawlins, Fearless Jones, and Los Angeles to create a dynamic new character, Leonid McGill – “a red-diaper baby, ex-boxer, a man eternally at war with himself, who may be his most compelling hero yet” — Kirkus Reviews.

The novel is “an astounding performance by a master, a searing X-ray of grasping, conspiratorial New York and of the penitent soul of a wily, battle-scarred private-eye. Dark: because it takes us express to the lower depths. Beautiful: because Mosley never leaves us without light. This is, simply, Mosley’s best work yet.” —Junot Diaz
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