THIS WEEK IN APRIL

  1. Wednesday May 23 PULITZER PRIZE WINNER GILBERT KING TO VISIT WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 7 PM GILBERT KING, author of Devil in the Grove, which was the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, will introduce his new work of investigative nonfiction, Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of...
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PULITZER PRIZE WINNER GILBERT KING TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 7 PM

GILBERT KING, author of Devil in the Grove, which was the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, will introduce his new work of investigative nonfiction, Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found. Rippling with tensions over sex, race, and class, the book is a gripping true-crime tale that raises themes that haunt us still today: justice perverted by bigotry and the force of white privilege; wrongful incarceration; and the power of the free press.

We follow Jesse Daniels, a mentally impaired white teenager who was falsely accused of raping a white woman because it was thought it would be damaging to the woman’s family if it were known that it was a black man who had “violated” her. At the story’s center is Sheriff Willis McCall who perpetrated a reign of terror in his district and was only opposed by a brave journalist, Mabel Reese, who endured death threats to help Daniels. This book received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

Gilbert King was the Runner-Up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Devil in the Grove. He is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine and The Marshall Project. King has also written about justice for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He lives in New York City.

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