There's nothing like a good book and the African American Writers Book Discussion Group (AAWBDG) reads one each month. This club has been reading and discussing books written by black authors for more than 20 years. Membership is free and open to all adults (age 18 and older) with a passion for black literature. Just print a copy of AAWBDG's 2012 Reading List, buy the books and meet us at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Avenue. Books may be purchased at Above All Books and Gifts, 2607 SW 21st Street. Contact Vince Omni, 785-213-0138 or email@example.com, for more information.
Little Green, Walter Mosley
7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014
We last saw Easy in 2007’s Blonde Faith, fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough WWII veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander “Little Green” Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem. Written with Mosley’s signature grit and panache, this engrossing and atmospheric mystery is not only a trip back in time, it is also a tough-minded exploration of good and evil, and of the power of guilt and redemption. Once again, Easy asserts his reign over the City of (Fallen) Angels.