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Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Ormond library

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Begins: January 9, 2019 2:00 pm
Ends: January 9, 2019 3:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize winning author Gilbert King will discuss his newest book, “Beneath a Ruthless Sun,” from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St.

The book is a spellbinding true story of racism, privilege and official corruption, chronicling the efforts of journalist Mabel Norris Reese, who spent years uncovering the facts behind a conspiracy to imprison an innocent black man for the alleged rape of a white woman in Lake County in 1958. Reese was a Daytona Beach resident until her death in 1995.

Following his presentation, King will answer questions and sign copies of his book, which will be available at the event.

King won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2013 book, “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America,” which also explored racial injustice in Lake County.

He has written about race, the death penalty and U.S. Supreme Court history for The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic and Smithsonian magazine’s history blog, Past Imperfect. He is also a contributor to the Marshall Project and the author of “The Execution of Willie Francis,” published in 2008.

The free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Ormond Beach Regional Library, a volunteer, nonprofit organization that raises money to enhance library programs and purchase equipment.