Casey Cep

presents

Furious Hours:
Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

in conversation with KATHRYN SCHULZ

This event includes a book signing

Date

May
22
Wednesday
May 22, 2019
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes debut author CASEY CEP for a discussion of her new book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Update

Jamaica Kincaid, originally scheduled to appear in conversation at tonight's event, is no longer able to attend. Casey will be joined in conversation by New Yorker staff writer KATHRYN SCHULZ.

About Furious Hours

Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell's murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.

Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.

Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country's most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.

Praise

"A triumph on every level. One of the losses to literature is that Harper Lee never found a way to tell a gothic true-crime story she’d spent years researching. Casey Cep has excavated this mesmerizing story and tells it with grace and insight and a fierce fidelity to the truth." —David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon

"It’s been a long time since I picked up a book so impossible to put down. Furious Hours made me forget dinner, ignore incoming calls, and stay up reading into the small hours. It’s a work of literary and legal detection as gripping as a thriller. But it’s also a meditation on motive and mystery, the curious workings of history, hope, and ambition, justice, and the darkest matters of life and death." —Helen MacDonald, author of H is for Hawk

Casey Cep
Casey Cep

Casey Cep

Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from Harvard she earned an M.Phil. at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the New Republic, among many other publications. This is her first book.

Photo Credit: Kathryn Schulz

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