Kepler’s is honored to host legendary novelist Walter Mosley for his latest Easy Rawlins novel, Charcoal Joe. This is a fantastic time for the author to meet his fans, having just been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. When told of the honor, Mosley said, "Receiving the Grand Master Award is the apex of my career as a crime writer; as a writer. It is, joyfully, one of the seminal events of my life."
His latest novel, Charcoal Joe, picks up where Rose Gold left off in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins is in flux, about to get married and starting a new detective agency. Things go awry why Easy’s friend Mouse introduces him to old Rufus Tyler, known as Charcoal Joe. Joe’s friend’s son, who is top of his class at Stanford, has been charged with the murder of a white man; proving the young man’s innocence could be a tall order even for Easy.
Walter Mosley is one of the most acclaimed and prolific writers of our time. In addition to his hugely popular Easy Rawlins series, he has also written numerous novels about Leonid McGill, Fearless Jones and Socrates Fortlaw, as well as social criticism, science fiction, plays and graphic novels. He is an American classic, revered among his contemporaries in crime writing and imbued with a cutting intellect and an incredible compassion for a community whose history he carries with him. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate an incredible writer whose works are all about finding a deeper truth in a divided country.
2. We all know that Amazon has opened a brick and mortar bookstore, its first, in Seattle. Well, now they have just announced that they plan to open another 300-400 throughout the country. And they're targeting malls for their locations. I'm obviously a big fan of independent bookstores (Recycle, Kepler's, Books, Inc., Book Passage, etc.). But I'm still in favor of anybody who brings us more physical bookstores!
3. Harlan Coben is making only 1 Northern California appearance to promote his new book, Fool Me Once (pub date March 22). It's at Book Passage in Corte Madera. The date is March 25, a Friday night. People, if you haven't seen Harlan in person, try to get there. He is like a stand-up comic. He's not only very funny, but he's also interesting. You will get a lot of insight into his writing process and the book industry as a whole. Joni and I will definitely be there.
4. Here is a clip from the upcoming movie adaptation of JoJo Moyes' Me Before You. The movie comes out on June 3. Can't wait! USA TODAY Life