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Walter Mosley: On Writing and Politics

Novelist Walter Mosley has written fiction, science fiction, erotica, non-fiction, and a graphic novel, but he is best known for his crime fiction. His most famous mystery series stars Easy Rawlins, an African American veteran who works as a private investigator in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles in the decades following World War II. He has also written three Fearless Jones mysteries, three Socrates Fortlow mysteries, and one Leonid McGill mystery.

His non-fiction work includes What Next: An African American Initiative Toward World Peace, Workin’ on the Chain Gang: Shaking off the Dead Hand of History, and This Year You Write Your Novel.

His fiction includes RL’s Dream, The Man in My Basement, and The Tempest Tales.

He has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a Grammy, an O. Henry award, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement award.

 

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Basic Black is produced live in WGBH's Studio B featuring a panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events, and topics impacting black communities locally and nationally. A simultaneous live stream at www.basicblack.org gives viewers the opportunity to submit comments and questions in real time during the broadcast.

Since 1968, Basic Black (formerly Say Brother) has reflected on the concerns and culture of African Americans through conversations, performances, and short-form documentaries. Basic Black captures the stories and events that illuminate the African American experience in the Boston area and beyond.

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