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By Gina Root
The Friends of East Atlanta Library (FEAL) will be hosting a book signing and reception for award-winning author Ravi Howard on Saturday, April 30, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the East Atlanta Branch Library. Howard is a local author of two nationally acclaimed fiction books that explore race and class in America. Like Trees, Walking is a fictionalized account based on true events, the 1981 lynching of a black teenager in Mobile, Alabama. Driving the King is a novel told through the fictionalized experiences of the great Nat King Cole and his driver, Nat Weary, exploring race and class in the 1950s.
Like Trees, Walking received the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in 2008. Howard has recorded commentary for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Massachusetts Review, and Callaloo. He also appeared in the Ted Koppel documentary, The Last Lynching, on the Discovery Channel. Howard has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hurston-Wright Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
The April 30 reception is open to the public. It will feature a short talk and book signing by the author, and books will be on sale. Wine and refreshments will be served.
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