The Inaugural Presidential Lecture Series presents Walter Mosley, “The Only True Race is the Human Race,” at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Tuesday, March 7 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall. An audience question and answer period will take place immediately following the event and a book signing will begin at 9:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served and the event is free of charge and open to the public.
Mosley is one of the most powerful and prolific writers working in any genre today. He is the author of more than 40 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 books have been adapted for film and television, with new projects in development at FX, Cinemax, and HBO. With over a dozen entries, his Easy Rawlins detective series began with “Devil in a Blue Dress,” which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington. His latest Rawlins mystery, “Charcoal Joe,” was released in June 2016.
Mosley’s nonfiction, such as “Twelve Steps Toward Political Revelation” and “Life Out of Context,” examines contributions to economic inequality, politics, and justice in America. An editorial board member of The Nation, he conceived “Ten Things,” a monthly feature connecting readers to opportunities for advocacy and activism.
The first African American to serve on the board of directors of the National Book Awards, Mosley has received an O’Henry Award, The Sundance Risktaker Award, a Grammy, and two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work. In 2016, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Edgar Awards and was named the first African American “Grand Master” by the Mystery Writers of America.
The novels “Devil in a Blue Dress” and “Black Betty” will be available for purchase during the book-signing portion of the event.