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Racial Identity and the Struggle for Equality: Book Discussion with Bill Fletcher, Jr.
August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
How does fiction enable the reader to explore issues of identity, social justice and personal history? Join award-winning journalist and lifelong racial justice advocate Bill Fletcher, Jr. for a discussion of Bill’s first work of fiction: The Man Who Fell From the Sky, a crime novel from Hard Ball Press on Tuesday, August 6 at 6:00 pm in the Provincetown Public Library’s Marc Jacobs Reading Room.
Bill’s novel looks at racism and inequality through the eyes of a young journalist of Cape Verdean descent who investigates a murder in a small Cape Cod community in 1970 while covering the anti-Viet Nam War protests and the Black Panthers. The journalist’s interviews of African-Americans and Cape Verdeans bring him a new understanding of the African diaspora and the challenges of surviving in America.
Set within a Cape Verdean American community undergoing a transformation of its own consciousness, Fletcher’s crime novel dives deep into two timely questions: Is revenge ever a moral form of justice, and when does silence become complicity as criminal acts are committed before your own eyes? Bill will also discuss the unique ways in which a work of fiction can explore and reveal important truths about the human condition, as well as touch the heart and stir people to take action.
Bill Fletcher Jr., the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us!” (Beacon Press, 2012) is a long-time racial-justice, labor, and international activist, scholar, and author. He has been involved in the labor movement for decades and is a widely known speaker and writer in print and on radio, television, and the Web. He has served in leadership positions with many prominent union and labor organizations, including the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Government Employees.