Renowned writer Walter Mosley will be the guest lecturer for Clalfin University's Lyceum Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Grace Thomas Kennedy Auditorium. Admission is free and the public is invited. The Lyceum Series comprises guest lecturers, performers and events that stimulate and reinforce the cultural and intellectual environment of the campus community.
Mosley is most widely recognized for his crime fiction. He has written a series of best-selling historical mysteries featuring the hard-boiled detective Easy Rawlins, a black private investigator and World War II veteran living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles -- they are perhaps his most popular works.
Mosley has written in a variety of fiction categories, including mystery and afrofuturist science fiction, as well as non-fiction politics. His work has been translated into 21 languages. Mosley made publishing history in 1997 by foregoing an advance to give the manuscript of “Gone Fishin'” to a small, independent publisher, Black Classic Press in Baltimore, run by former Black Panther Paul Coates.
His first published book, “Devil in a Blue Dress,” was the basis of a 1995 movie starring Denzel Washington. The world premiere of his first play, “The Fall of Heaven” was staged at the Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, in January 2010.