LIVE from the NYPL: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | Walter Mosley

June 14, 2016

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Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has found a new passion: penning mystery novels. He joins his hero, author Walter Mosley, for a conversation about the art of writing mystery.

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion. He is also one of a handful of influential and respected black men in America who has a national platform as a regular contributing columnist for The Washington Post and Time Magazine, where he shares his thoughts on some of the most socially relevant and politically controversial topics facing our nation today. After 50 years as an athlete, activist, and New York Times bestselling author, he offers his perspectives on how we can work together to solve some of these issues as a nationally recognized speaker who regularly appears on the lecture circuit. His new political book, Writings on the Wall - Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White will be released August 2016 by Time Books and offers his personal perspectives on political issues facing America today. In 2012, Kareem was appointed to be the U.S. Cultural Ambassador by then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Currently he serves as the chairman of his Skyhook Foundation whose mission is to “Give Kids a Shot That Can’t be Blocked”  by bringing educational opportunities to under-served communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning.  Kareem’s most recent projects include the HBO Sports documentary, Kareem: Minority of One, which debuted in early November 2015 as HBO’s most watched and highest rated sports documentary. His debut novel Mycroft Holmes—a mystery novel and the first of an action/mystery series based on Sherlock Holmes’s savvy older brother—was released by Titan Publishing in September 2015. Following the success of his novel, the comic, Mycroft Holmes & the Apocalypse Handbook  will be released during Comi-Con in San Diego in July 2016. 

WALTER MOSLEY is the author of more than 46 critically acclaimed books. Mosley's books have been adapted for film and television with new projects in development at FX, HBO, SPIKE TV and Cinemax. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, NAACP Image Award, a Grammy, “Risktaker Award” from the Sundance Institute, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2016, Mosley was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, becoming the first African American author to earn the title. His new book, Charcoal Joe (a new Easy Rawlins’ novel) will be published this June celebrating the 25th anniversary of this iconic series. 

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