Join us for a talk and reception on August 29th from 6-8pm at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home as Casey Cep gives a talk on her book, Furious Hours. Cep will sign copies of her book after the talk.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home.
Purchase tickets here.
From Casey Cep: "It's an honor to be doing an event at the childhood home of Flannery O'Connor. She's not only one of the greatest southern writers, but also one of this country's most important religious thinkers. Her short stories have kept me awake at night figuring out how they could possibly work, while her essays and lectures taught me how to think about regionalism and faith. I'd be lost as a writer if it weren't for her, and I'm just so delighted to do an event in the house that made her."
Cep's article on Flannery O'Connor's prayer journal can be found here:
About Furious Hours:
The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird.
Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted–thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.
Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more working on her own version of the case.
Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South.