One of my favorite writers, Walter Mosley, is coming back to Los Angeles to read from and discuss his latest work titled Rose Gold, the thirteenth and latest installment of his Easy Rawlins mystery novels. If you’re not familiar with this book series, I highly recommend you check them out. Mosley is a master storyteller who is adept at intertwining well-drawn characters with postwar LA social history.
Each Easy Rawlins book shines a light on the African American experience at a specific time and place (e.g. the 1965 Watts Riots in Little Scarlet). They provide a window into the lives of regular people dealing with the wide range of problems that life throws at them and make you really care about the characters. Rose Gold continues in that tradition. I can’t wait to read it.
So what’s Rose Gold about? According to the Random House synopsis, “In this new mystery set in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abductions, a black ex-boxer self-named Uhuru Nolica, the leader of a revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth, has kidnapped Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, from her dorm at UC Santa Barbara. If they don’t receive the money, weapons, and apology they demand, “Rose Gold” will die—horribly and publicly. So the FBI, the State Department, and the LAPD turn to Easy Rawlins, the one man who can cross the necessary borders to resolve this dangerous standoff.”
A Q&A and book signing follow the program.
When: Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Where: Skirball Cultural Center, located at 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
Cost: Free, but reservations recommended. Book them here.
Walter Mosley’s official web site