Leonard Pitts, Jr.
October 28, 2015
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and the man Travis Smiley has called “the most insightful and inspiring columnist of his generation.” Leonard Pitts, Jr. will discuss his new novel, Grant Park, with us. The novel arcs between the Civil Rights era and the recent past as two “sharply etched” characters, both Chicago reporters, negotiate the roles they have played in politics, history, and life. Moving between the final days of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, life and the early days of Barack Obama’s presidency, it’s a revelatory take on race and social justice in the long twentieth century. Booklist praises it as a work that is “as significant as it is engrossing.” He is also the author of Freeman, Becoming Dad, Forward from the Moment, and others.