We are proud to present New Yorker writer Casey Cep discussing and signing copies of her book Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee on Thursday, August 1st at 6:30 PM. Ms. Cep's work has received terrific coverage nation-wide and was an instant New York Times Bestseller. Furious Hours, a staff favorite, tells the stunning true story of Alabama serial killer Reverend Willie Maxwell, as well as the true-crime book about him that Harper Lee spent decades working on in the years after she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you purchase your copy of Furious Hours from The Book Stall if you enter the book-signing queue.
“She explains as well as it is likely ever to be explained why Lee went silent after “To Kill a Mockingbird”…it’s here, in her descriptions of another writer’s failure to write, that her book makes a magical little leap, and it goes from being a superbly written true-crime story to the sort of story that even Lee would have been proud to write.” --Michael Lewis, in the New York Times
"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, best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon
“Harper Lee loved a good true-crime story—witness her vital contributions to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. In Cep’s thrilling account of an Alabama murderer, his killer, and the lawyer who got them both off, we get to see the To Kill a Mockingbird author hot on the trail of some slippery characters while she struggles to write a worthy follow-up to her iconic novel.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2019
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 BY Time, LitHub, Vulture, Glamour, O Magazine, Town and Country, Suspense Magazine, Inside Hook
New York Times Best Seller