Join award-winning journalist and lifelong social justice advocate Bill Fletcher, Jr. for the launch of his new crime novel The Man Who Fell From the Sky 5 pm Sunday, November 18 at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. The book’s publisher, Hard Ball Press, is run by NY co-chair Timothy Sheard.
In The Man Who Fell, David Gomes is a young journalist of Cape Verdean descent, his family hailing from a nation off the northwest coast of Africa. Gomes investigates a murder in a small Cape Cod community in 1970, while covering anti-Vietnam War protests and the Black Panthers. His interviews with people of color bring him a new understanding of the African diaspora and the challenges of surviving in America.
Though the author has spun a work of fiction, Fletcher will discuss the novel’s power to explore and reveal important truths about the human condition, as well as touch the heart and stir people to action.
Set within a Cape Verdean American community undergoing a transformation of its own consciousness, Fletcher’s crime novel dives deep into two timely questions: Is revenge ever a moral form of justice, and when does silence equal complicity?
Refreshments will be served. Busboys and Poets is located at 450 K Street.