WBEZ | easy rawlins http://www.wbez.org/tags/easy-rawlins Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The return of Easy Rawlins http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/return-easy-rawlins-105444 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Walter%20Mosley%20AP%20small.jpg" style="height: 431px; width: 620px;" title="Walter Mosley returns with another edition of his Easy Rawlins detective series. (AP/Bebeto Matthews, file)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F78433633&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>For a writer who got started late, Walter Mosley has never had trouble staying busy.</p><p>Although the 61-year-old author didn&rsquo;t pick up his pen until he was in his mid-30s, Mosley has already written more than 37 books, including works of science fiction, young adult fiction, politically driven non-fiction, erotica and a graphic novel co-authored with comics legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Mosley has written plays, too, the most recent of which, <em><a href="http://www.congosquaretheatre.org/#!fall-of-heaven/cb51">Fall of Heaven</a></em>, will open at Chicago&rsquo;s Congo Square Theatre later this month.</p><p>But Mosely is best known &ndash; and most beloved among his fans, including former President Bill Clinton &ndash; for his best-selling Easy Rawlins detective series. Rawlins, a hard-boiled black private eye and World War II veteran, solves mysteries while exposing the racial inequalities of America in the 1940s, &lsquo;50s and &lsquo;60s. Mosley, who grew up the son of a white, Jewish mother and a black father in 1950s L.A., was no stranger to such inequalities. In 1965, he witnessed the race riots in Watts firsthand.</p><p>Fans were disappointed when Mosley retired the Easy Rawlins series with 2007&rsquo;s <em>Blonde Faith</em> &ndash; and elated when he revealed he would resurrect the series with a new novel due to come out in May. Mosley came to Chicago last month, and during his talk at Chicago Public Library he gave a sneak peek at his forthcoming novel and revealed its title &ndash; <em>Little Green</em>. This latest edition of the Rawlins&rsquo; saga finds the detective recovering from a car wreck and near-death experience, and according to the publisher&rsquo;s website, &ldquo;cruising the hippified streets of the Sunset Strip circa 1967, in search of a young black man who has gone missing.&rdquo;</p><p>You can hear Mosley read the first chapter of <em>Little Green</em> in the audio above. You&#39;ll have to wait until May to find out what happens next. That&#39;s when the book comes out, and when Mosley says he&#39;ll be back to read &nbsp;chapter two.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a></em>&nbsp;<em>showcases hidden gems unearthed from</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="https://soundcloud.com/chicago-amplified/a-conversation-with-u-s">Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s</a></em>&nbsp;<em>vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Walter Mosley spoke at an event presented by Chicago Public Library in January. Click</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/walter-mosley-105306">here</a>&nbsp;to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/return-easy-rawlins-105444