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Gilbert King to speak at library fundraiser

Posted On: May 7, 2018

Pulitzer Prize winning author Gilbert King will kick off a national tour of his latest book during the Friends of the Daytona Beach Regional Library’s 38th annual Author Fundraising Event on Wednesday, May 9, at the News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

The book, “Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found,” will be released April 24. It focuses on 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.

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.

The Friends group will host a VIP cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. at the News-Journal Center. Tickets, which are $50 each, must be purchased by May 5 at Cinematique Theater, 252 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. Those attending the reception will receive preferred parking, hors d’oeuvres with a complimentary beverage from the cash bar, a meet-and-greet with the author, an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for themed gift baskets each with a minimum value of $200, and preferred seating at the book discussion.

There is no charge to attend the book discussion, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be videotaped for C-SPAN Book TV.

Following his presentation, King will answer questions and sign copies of his book, which will be available at the event and also are available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

The Friends of the Library is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that raises money to enhance library programs and purchase equipment. Past purchases include laptops for the computer lab, a baby grand piano for concerts, and a 10-inch telescope for stargazing programs. The group also sponsors free technology summer camps for teens.


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