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Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020 8:00 PM: Casey Cep, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk, Q & A

Tickets:  $11 (does not include a copy of the book); or $24 (includes a copy of “Furious Hours." Price covers shipping.) Click here to purchase tickets on showclix. 

A percentage of each sale supports the JCCs of the Capital Region (Albany JCC and JCC of Schenectady).

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

About the Book

Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members, but with the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative assassinated him 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 himself. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who spent a year in town reporting on the Maxwell case and many more trying to finish the book she called The Reverend. Cep brings this remarkable story to life, from the horrifying murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South, while offering a deeply moving portrait of one of our most revered writers.

About the Author

Casey Cep is a staff writer at The New Yorker. After graduating from Harvard College with a degree in English, she earned an M.Phil. in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her family. “Furious Hours” is her first book.

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