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    April 03, 2018
    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
    Award-winning author of the Easy Rawlins series

    with his latest work launching a new series

    Wednesday, April 25, 7pm

    Recently featured on NPR

    “... a wild ride that delivers hard-boiled satisfaction while toying with our prejudices and preconceptions. … Despite its serious subject matter, DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA is an optimistic noir. A fitting work for a world riddled with dark contradictions.” —Steph Cha, The Los Angeles Times

    "Walter Mosley is back with a whole new character to love. . . . As gorgeous a novel as anything he's ever written. And with Joe King Oliver I'm betting, and hoping, he's given us a character we haven't seen the last of."
    —Richard Lipez, Washington Post

    "The vibrant characters and pulsating dialogue are primo Mosley."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

    Ticket package includes book, bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A and author meet-and-greet/signing

    What: The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft presents beloved, legendary author Walter Mosley and his first thriller for the “Black Lives Matter” age, DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA. The book is the first mystery in a new series starring former cop Joe “King” Oliver, who was one of New York’s finest investigators — until he was framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. But when he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him years ago, King realizes he has no choice but to take his own case. At the same time,  King is working on the case of Frankie Figures, a black radical journalist accused of killing two on-duty police officers — officers Figures discovered had been abusing their badges to traffic in drugs and women within the city’s poorest neighborhoods. King must beat dirty cops, dirtier bankers, craven lawyers, and above all, keep his daughter far from the underworld in which he works. The result, DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA, is a modern story, steeped in the history of noir, about the inescapable way race and violence color every corner of the American justice system. The hour-long event will include an author presentation and Q&A moderated by Patricia Lynch, Executive Director at The Music Hall.

    When/Where:         Wednesday, April 25  - 7pm
                                      The Music Hall Loft
                         131 Congress Street
                              Portsmouth, NH 03801

    Tickets: The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Walter Mosley on Wednesday, April 25, at 7pm, is $41 ($39 members). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA  ($27 hardcover), a bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet.  Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.

    About the Author: Walter Mosley is one of America's most celebrated and beloved writers. A Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, he has won numerous awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a Grammy, a PEN USA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and several NAACP Image awards.  His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. His short fiction has appeared in a wide array of publications, including The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Playboy, and his nonfiction has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and The Nation. He is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series, including most recently Charcoal Joe.

    For further information, or to request an author interview, please contact: Margaret Talcott, Producer, The Music Hall, at mtalcott@themusichall.org or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer, at plynch@themusichall.org

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    About Writers in the Loft
    Akin to The Music Hall’s anchor literary series, Writers on a New England Stage, Writers in the Loft features bestselling authors in a smaller, more intimate space. The series brings audiences today’s top authors, the best of fiction and nonfiction, and award-winners across categories. The evening package includes a reserved seat and bar beverage, author presentation and Q+A, a copy of the book, and a meet-and-greet book signing with the featured writer.

    Series Sponsor:  RMC Research Corporation
    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa Realtors;  Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant
    Contributing Partner:  The University of New Hampshire


    "This is one of those books that leaves you a little breathless -- not only while you're reading, but once the back cover's closed, too. For anyone who loves hard-bitten PI thrillers, reading DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA couldn't be more right."—Teri Schlichenmeyer, Miami Times


    "Gritty . . . The plot soars . . . Few mystery writers can examine issues of race--how it divides and binds people--as clearly and unflinchingly as Walter Mosley."Oline Cogdill, Associated Press

    "Great stuff . . . The vibrant characters and pulsating dialogue are primo Mosley."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

    “Mosley may be outspoken in real life in calling for social and political change. But in his fiction, story and character come first — in this case in exhilarating fashion.” – Lloyd Sachs, The Chicago Tribune

    “The plot of DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA unspools neatly, recounted in a sleek, streetwise and captivating voice…[Mosley] does shake things up a bit, taking the opportunity to craft a story set squarely in the time of Black Lives Matter…a well-constructed crime novel, urgent in its plotting and carefully observed in the behaviors and the voices of its supporting cast. Mosley makes it all look simple, creating in Joe King Oliver another fascinatingly flawed detective brimming with potential.”  – Mike Berry, The San Francisco Chronicle

    “Mosley writes with great power here about themes that have permeated his work: institutional racism, political corruption, and the ways that both of these issues affect not only society at large but also the inner lives of individual men and women. And he has created a new hero in Joe Oliver with the depth and vulnerability to sustain what readers will hope becomes a new series…it’s the perfect moment for Mosley to unveil an exciting new hero and a series set in the present and confronting the issues that drive today’s headlines. — Bill Ott, Booklist STARRED review

    "A heady stew of racial politics and seedy characters that Mosley's fans are sure to eat up."—AARP

    "It's Mosley's signature style--rough-hewn, rhythmic, and lyrical--that makes you ready and eager for whatever he's serving up. . . . Let the good times roll."—Kirkus Reviews

    "Mosley's poetic descriptions of not only New York City but his character's deepest souls elevate the story to beauty. Although the characters, large and small, are all compelling, in the end it is King's story to tell, as he struggles to decide how much he's willing to risk to get the truth."—Strand Magazine

    "Mosley's newest standalone has the markings of a classic hard-boiled New York novel... It's also a poignant page-turner whose larger themes--corruption, institutional racism, and the horrors of solitary confinement--speak to some of today's most pressing issues."—Charles Perry, LitHub

    "[An] engaging standalone . . . Mosley fans will welcome another imaginative page-turning from a mystery grand master."—Library Journal

    “The novel’s dedication – to Malcolm, Medgar, and Martin – underlines the difference that one man can make in the fight for justice.” —Publishers Weekly STARRED review

    "Walter Mosley is back with a whole new character to love. . . . As gorgeous a novel as anything he's ever written. And with Joe King Oliver I'm betting, and hoping, he's given us a character we haven't seen the last of."—Richard Lipez, Washington Post

    “Walter Mosley is not afraid of controversy…[DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA is] a wild ride that delivers hard-boiled satisfaction while toying with our prejudices and preconceptions…the darker and uglier the story gets, the more Joe King Oliver comes alive…the journey is fun and joyful…Despite its serious subject matter, ‘Down the River Unto the Sea’ is an optimistic noir. A fitting work for a world riddled with dark contradictions.” – Steph Cha, The Los Angeles Times


    "I'd know that voice anywhere. It's the seductive drawl and lowdown dirty laugh of Walter Mosley's mellow private eye, Easy Rawlins. And he's talking his way through another case in Charcoal Joe...because he isn't ashamed to declare himself 'a man of strategy'— a man unafraid  to lower his fists and use his brain." —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

    "In his 14th Easy Rawlins mystery (after Rose Gold), Mosley returns to L.A. in the late 1960s, with its racial unrest and discrimination...The story continues with more deception, murders, and violence. Like peeling an onion, Easy uncovers the truth one layer at a time...Mosley's exciting and profound mysteries with their poetic prose and historical clarity fascinate readers because Easy moves so smoothly among different worlds. His latest will please his many fans."  — Jerry P. Miller, Library Journal

    "In Charcoal Joe, this series’ army of followers will happily recognize the case as the mere backdrop for Easy’s emotionally charged story, insightful lens into L.A.’s 1960s streets, and always-impressive mental acrobatics." Booklist

    "[Charcoal Joe] is a must for Easy Rawlins fans and anyone who appreciates fresh, powerful prose. Publishers Weekly

    “Fasten your seat belts. It's time for another simmering tour of Los Angeles, this time in 1968, with Ezekiel ‘Easy’ Rawlins serving once more as the unwilling guide. Read Mosley…for his matchless ability to present mosaic worlds in which even the most minor characters arrive burning with their own unquenchable stories.” Kirkus Reviews

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    With acclaimed signature series including Writers on a New England Stage – a partnership between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio – and the Intimately Yours music series, we bring top authors and artists to both stages. Also, HD broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre of London as well as extraordinary cinema fill both screens almost every night of the year.

    This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy: The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $7.1 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending.

    Innovative in its outlook, the organization is community oriented and committed to making the Seacoast flourish. The Music Hall is a 501(c)3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 corporate partners and 58 community partner organizations. Welcoming more than 100,000 patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.

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