Wexler Reading Completes Spring Visiting Writers Series

Posted: April 22, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Author Laura Wexler reads at 8 p.m. tonight in the Johnson Center, Room 116. Wexler’s book, Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America, is an account of the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynchings of 1946 in rural Walton County, Ga. In a captivating style reminiscent, according to some critics, of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Wexler examines the brutal, still unsolved murders that motivated President Harry Truman to put civil rights at the forefront of his national agenda.

Wexler’s essays and articles have appeared in DoubleTake, The Oxford American, and The Utne Reader. Her work was selected for The Beacon Best of 1999: Creative Writing by Women and Men of All Colors, edited by Ntozake Shange. She teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University and the College of Notre Dame.

The event is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and is free and open to the public.

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