Credit: Marcia Wilson
PREMIER EVENT: Walter Mosley in conversation with T. Geronimo Johnson
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets
In partnership with 100 Black Men of the Bay Area and the NORCAL branch of Mystery Writers of America.
Kepler’s is honored to host legendary novelist Walter Mosley for his latest Easy Rawlins novel, Charcoal Joe. This is a fantastic time for the author to meet his fans, having just been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. When told of the honor, Mosley said, "Receiving the Grand Master Award is the apex of my career as a crime writer; as a writer. It is, joyfully, one of the seminal events of my life."
His latest novel, Charcoal Joe, picks up where Rose Gold left off in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins is in flux, about to get married and starting a new detective agency. Things go awry why Easy’s friend Mouse introduces him to old Rufus Tyler, known as Charcoal Joe. Joe’s friend’s son, who is top of his class at Stanford, has been charged with the murder of a white man; proving the young man’s innocence could be a tall order even for Easy.
Walter Mosley is one of the most acclaimed and prolific writers of our time. In addition to his hugely popular Easy Rawlins series, he has also written numerous novels about Leonid McGill, Fearless Jones and Socrates Fortlaw, as well as social criticism, science fiction, plays and graphic novels. He is an American classic, revered among his contemporaries in crime writing and imbued with a cutting intellect and an incredible compassion for a community whose history he carries with him. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate an incredible writer whose works are all about finding a deeper truth in a divided country.
Born and raised in New Orleans, T. Geronimo Johnson received his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his M.A. in language, literacy, and culture from UC Berkeley. His first novel, Hold It ‘Til It Hurts, was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and Welcome to Braggsville was selected as one of Huffington Post’s most eagerly-awaited novels for 2015.
The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. consists of a group of leading African American men from various professional backgrounds including business, government, education, medicine, law, finance, technology, sales, real estate, engineering and public affairs. They are dedicated to helping African American youth by providing scholarships and mentoring. In addition, they promote health & wellness, entrepreneurship, networking and economic development in order to improve the quality of life for all in our local communities.