Writer Walter Mosley. This interview took place after the publication of his book, Devil With A Blue Dress, a hard boiled detective story about a black gumshoe, Easy Rawlins, up against white prejudice. It's just been made into a film starring Denzel Washington. (REBROADCAST from 6/8/90).
Writer Walter Mosley His first book, "Devil In A Blue Dress," (Norton) is a hard-boiled detective story starring a black gumshoe up against white prejudice. Mosley's mysteries are loosely based on stories his father told him about black culture the 1940's. His latest book is called "A Red Death" (Thorndike). (REBROADCAST FROM 6/8/90)
Mosley's first book, "Devil In A Blue Dress," is a hard boiled detective story starring Easy Rawlins, a black gumshoe up against white prejudice in the 1940s. Mosley talks about the racially-mixed world of both his novels and his early life--his mother was white; his father was black.
Al Young was a singer and guitar player before he became writer. His books incorporate his jazz and film influences, as well as his experiences growing up outside white, mainstream culture. His new book, about a black actress, is called Seduction by Light.
Clarence Major is an experimental, African American writer. His latest novel, Painted Turtle: Women with Guitar -- along with his last book, Such Was the Season -- uses more conventional narrative techniques. He joins Fresh Air to discuss language and storytelling in the black community.