Thomas Mullen and Gray Stewart in Conversation
Decatur Library Auditorium
October 5, 2016, 7:15p.m.
Join us as award-winning author Thomas Mullen and debut novelist Gray Stewart discuss their latest works and the process of writing a novel. Darktown by Thomas Mullen The award-winning author of The Last Town on Earth delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in 1948 Atlanta, exploring a murder, corrupt police, and strained race relations that feels ripped from today’s headlines. Set in the postwar, pre-civil rights South, and evoking the socially resonant and morally complex crime novels of Dennis Lehane and Walter Mosley, Darktown is a vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice. Haylow by Gray Stewart Travis Hemperly is estranged from his Southern roots Who defines history, anyway? Is it our school systems? Is it our popular media? Our literature? Our sermons? Our family folklore? This question animates HAYLOW as Travis rummages around in his family’s history, looking for the truth behind what happened years ago on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp so he can understand how much of the burden of the South’s racist history is his to shoulder.