Get Ready for Walter Mosley (and Special Guest!)

This week’s California Book Club newsletter offers important details for the Walter Mosley event on December 17.

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We hope you’re as excited as we are for Thursday’s event with Walter Mosley. We’re writing to announce that special guest Edwidge Danticat will briefly join the discussion of Devil in a Blue Dress with Mosley, host John Freeman, and you!

Danticat is the internationally acclaimed author of many distinguished novels, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, Krik? Krak!, The Farming of Bones, and Brother, I’m Dying, as well as multiple young adult and children’s books. She recently presented Mosley with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Noting that Mosley is the first Black man to receive the honor, Danticat said that “Walter has been looking closely and intimately at our world for the past 30 years starting with the publication of his groundbreaking first novel, Devil in a Blue Dress, to his most recent powerful short story collection, The Awkward Black Man.” (See below for our review of The Awkward Black Man.) She added that “Walter’s work digs deeply into not only the world we inhabit but the imminent world we might hope for, all that we are and all that we are becoming.”

We’re eager to hear more from Danticat on Mosley’s first Easy Rawlins book this Thursday, and perhaps some fun recollections about the filming of Devil in a Blue Dress, in 1994. (We’re told Danticat worked on the movie’s set.)

Here are the details of the event:

  • When: Thursday, December 17, at 5 p.m. Pacific time.
  • Where: To join the event on Zoom:
  • What: Your host, John Freeman, will be in conversation with Walter Mosley, author of more than 50 titles, including Devil in a Blue Dress, which kicked off the groundbreaking Easy Rawlins noir series. They will be joined by special guest Edwidge Danticat.
  • Author questions: Please send questions for Walter Mosley to You can also submit them using Zoom’s chat feature after the event begins.
  • Attend to win: We’ll be giving away an author-signed copy of Devil in a Blue Dress to five attendees, selected at random, following Thursday’s program.
  • Mark your calendars: Upcoming CBC discussions with Elaine Castillo, author of America Is Not the Heart, on January 21; Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout, on February 18; and Nina Revoyr, author of Southland, on March 18.

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    Thank you very much, and see you Thursday!

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