On November 18th, NWU member Bill Fletcher, Jr. will give a talk at Busboys & Poets about his first work of fiction, a crime novel titled The Man Who Fell From The Sky. The conversation will cover issues of racism and inequality while also touching on the ways fiction can reveal truths about the human condition, touch hearts, and stir people to take action.
The Man Who Fell From The Sky follows a young journalist of Cape Verdean descent, who investigates a murder in a small Cape Cod Community in 1970 while covering the anti-Vietnam War protests and the Black Panthers. His interviews of people of color, African-American and Cape Verdean, bring him a new understanding of the African diaspora and the challenges of surviving in America.
Fletcher is also the author of They’re Bankrupting Us! (Beacon Press, 2012). He is a long-time racial-justice, labor, and international activist, scholar, and author. Fletcher has served in leadership positions with many prominent union and labor organizations, including the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union. He is currently the director of field services for the American Federation of Government Employees.
The event will take place on a Sunday, from 5 – 9PM, at the 450 K Street Busboys & Poets location (450 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001).