Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20050202
Novelist Walter Mosley—former president Bill Clinton’s favorite author—talks about his beginnings growing up in Los Angeles’ Watts district. Mosley began writing crime novels about black male heroes at the age of 33 after a career in computer programming. His book Devil in a Blue Dress was made into a major motion picture, which sealed his reputation as a popular and talented novelist. He reads from his newest book, Little Scarlet.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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