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An Evening with Casey Cep

An Evening with Casey Cep

  • Dates: June 18, 2019
  • Location: Midtown Scholar Bookstore
  • Region: Harrisburg Area
  • Address: 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17012
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Free

The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird.

This June, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome author Casey Cep to Harrisburg as she presents her new book, The Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. This event is free and open to the public:

About the Book:

Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead 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.

Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.

Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country's most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.

An Evening with Casey Cep
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  • Midtown Scholar Bookstore
  • Free