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Meet Author Bill Morris: MOTOR CITY BURNING

Event date: 
Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event Location

493 Prince Ave
30601 Athens

Avid Bookshop presents author Bill Morris in celebration of his third book, Motor City Burning. This event will be on Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. There is no admission charge.
Willie Bledsoe, once an idealistic young black activist, is now a burnt-out case. After leaving a snug berth at Tuskegee Institute to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he has become bitterly disillusioned with the civil rights movement and its leaders. He returns home to Alabama to try to write a memoir about his time in the cultural whirlwind, but the words fail to come.
The surprise return of his Vietnam veteran brother in the spring of 1967 gives Willie a chance to drive a load of smuggled guns to the Motor City - and make enough money to jump-start his stalled dream of writing his movement memoir. There, at Tiger Stadium on Opening Day of the 1968 baseball season - postponed two days in deference to the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Willie learns some terrifying news: the Detroit police are still investigating the last unsolved murder from the bloody, apocalyptic riot of the previous summer, and a white cop named Frank Doyle will not rest until the case is solved. And Willie is his prime suspect.
Bill Morris's rich and thrilling new novel sets Doyle's hunt amid the history of one of America's most tortured and fascinating cities, as Doyle and Willie struggle with Detroit's deep racial divide, with revenge and forgiveness - and with the realization that justice is rarely attainable, and rarely just.
Bill Morris is the author of the novels Motor City and All Soul's Day. He is currently a staff writer with the online literary magazine The Millions, and his writing has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Popular Mechanics, and numerous other newspapers and magazines. Bill grew up in Detroit and now lives in New York City.

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ISBN: 9781605985732
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Pegasus Crime - July 15th, 2014