[PAST EVENT] Walter Mosley to Speak at the Kimball Theatre

April 10, 2015
Kimball Theatre, 424 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Novelist and social commentator Walter Mosley is one of the most powerful and prolific writers working in any genre today. He is the author of more than 35 books, ranging from the crime novel to literary fiction, nonfiction, political essay, young adult, and science fiction. The New York Review of Books called him "a literary master as well as a master of mystery," and The Boston Globe declared him "one of the nation's finest writers."

Mosley's fiction explores the African American experience over the past seven decades, beginning with the migration from the Deep South to his native Los Angeles in the post-World War II-era to post-Obama election-era New York City. His characters are the sorts of "fully formed, complex black men who have been absent from much of contemporary literature," he says.

His Easy Rawlins detective series began with Devil in a Blue Dress, which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington. Currently, he is developing two series at HBO: The Long Fall, based on his Leonid McGill series, and another based on his Socrates Fortlow characters, produced by Laurence Fishburne.

The first African-American to serve on the board of directors of the National Book Awards, Mosley has received an O'Henry Award, a Grammy, The Sundance Risktaker Award, the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award and honors from the National Black Writers Conference, and has twice been awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.