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    February 19, 2018
    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
    Award-winning author of the Easy Rawlins series

    WALTER MOSLEY
    with his latest work launching a new series

    DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA

    Tuesday, March 13, 7pm

    “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. … 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

    “Ultimately it’s Mosley’s signature style – rough-hewn, rhythmic, and lyrical – that makes you ready and eager for whatever he’s serving up. It’s getting to be a bigger blues band on Mosley’s stage, with Joe King Oliver now sitting in with Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill. But as long as it sounds sweet and smoky, let the good times roll.” —Kirkus Reviews

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

    PORTSMOUTH, NH, February 16, 2018 - Beloved, legendary author Walter Mosley presents his first thriller for the “Black Lives Matter” age, DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA, at the Music Hall Loft Tuesday, March 13, as part of its Writers in the Loft series. The book is the first mystery in a new series starring former cop Joe “King” Oliver who seeks justice in a corrupt system, for the sake of himself, his teen daughter and, his latest client, a young, black militant journalist accused of killing two on-duty police officers.

    The 7pm event includes an author presentation and moderated Q+A, plus a book signing and a meet-and-greet. It will be held at The Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress Street, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

    “I am excited to welcome Walter Mosley to the Loft to discuss his new book and series,” said Patricia Lynch, Executive Director at The Music Hall, who will be moderating the event. “Mosley's writing is simply best of kind, a joy to read. This new mystery weaves a spell while delving into deeply important issues of race and justice. He expertly navigates the murky waters of morality, repentance, and vengeance.

    ABOUT THE BOOK
    Joe King Oliver was one of New York’s finest investigators — until he was framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD. The charge landed him in solitary at Rikers Island.

    A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. His work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. 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. Who on the force wanted him disposed of, and why?

    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.

    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.

    TICKETS
    The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Walter Mosley on Tuesday, March 13, 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.

    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

    Contributing Partner:  The University of New Hampshire

    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa Realtors;  Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant

    PRAISE for DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA

    “It’s a heady stew of racial politics and seedy characters that Mosley’s fans are sure to eat up.” —AARP

    “An engaging standalone…Mosley fans will welcome another imaginative page-turner from a mystery grandmaster.” —Library Journal

    "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

    “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

    “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

    “Ultimately it’s Mosley’s signature style – rough-hewn, rhythmic, and lyrical – that makes you ready and eager for whatever he’s serving up. It’s getting to be a bigger blues band on Mosley’s stage, with Joe King Oliver now sitting in with Easy Rawlins and Leonid McGill. But as long as it sounds sweet and smoky, let the good times roll.” —Kirkus Reviews

    PRAISE for CHARCOAL JOE: AN EASY RAWLINS MYSTERY

    "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

    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.

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