Walter Mosley's Heroes

September 8, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, Kingsborough Community College

For nearly two decades, Walter Mosley’s versatile and elegant writing has won him many fans. In his first book, “Devil in a Blue Dress,” published in 1990, he introduced a young, black private eye named Easy Rawlins, and set the story in gritty, post-war Los Angeles. Five years later, it was transformed into a major film starring Denzel Washington as Easy. For his latest novel, “The Long Fall,” Mosley has created a post-modern hero in detective Leonid McGill, and moved the action to Manhattan. “It’s very important to write about what’s going on today,” said Mosley at the Best-Selling Author Series event at Kingsborough Community College. “We live in a very complex world and even things we knew five years ago are no longer valid.” Mosley, a City College graduate who founded the Publishing Certificate Program there, reads selections from “The Long Fall.”
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