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An Evening with Casey Cep

September 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Spend a riveting evening with Casey Cep, a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the author of the true crime thriller and unexpected biography of Harper Lee, The Furious Hours. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New Republic, among many other publications. Her first book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and has already been published in the UK and the Netherlands.

Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.

Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.

Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.

Details

Date:
September 3
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/913295269022438/

Organizer

Star Line Books

Venue

Star Line Books
1467 Market Street
Chattanooga, 37402 United States
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Phone:
423-777-5629