Friends of Brown Library will be holding a book review hosted by Louisa Stone on February 7. The review will cover Casey Cep's book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, a strange tale of 1970s Alabama.
The review will be accompanied by a lucheon at noon in the Lowry Room of the Welch Family Wing of the James V. Brown Library. Those who wish to purchase lunch may do so for $6; use the online reservation calendar on the library website to reserve your lunch. You may also place your reservation by calling Leslie at 570-326-0536, ext. 134. Reservations should be made by Wednesday, February 5.
If you are bringing your own lunch or only want to attend the book review, you do not need to register in advance. The review will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Stone says that like many people, she read To Kill A Mockingbird in high school. Later at Bloomsburg University, she could refer to it without confusion from her classes because all of her students had read it. Like many readers, she also read true crime, a genre that actually started in the 1500s but is immensely popular today due in part to the success of Truman Capote’s 1966 novel, In Cold Blood.
When Stone heard about Cep’s book, she was curious. She knew Lee and Capote were friends, and she had read In Cold Blood, but wanted to know what Lee had to do with murder and fraud.
Part One is the story of Reverend Willie Maxwell, accused of killing five family members for insurance money. Part Two explains the complex relationship of the lawyer, Tom Radney. Part Three is where we learn how Harper Lee fits in. In each part, Cep includes the social and racial context of the book's events. It is a fascinating read.
Stone grew up in the Chicago area, received two degrees in English from the University of Michigan, and one in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She taught at Lycoming College and Pennsylvania College of Technology, then in the 1980s began teaching English at Bloomsburg University. After retiring from teaching, Stone and her husband David co-founded Williamsport Bicycle Recycle in the Pajama Factory.