Were such things as in-person book tours happening, this evening would probably not happening at this time, as Tamara Payne, who worked with her father, the late journalist/author/editor Les Payne (1941-2018) on the monumental new biography, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X (Liveright), would likely have to be closer to New York, where activities attendant to this coming week’s National Book Award ceremonies would be taking place. They will still be taking place, albeit virtually - with Ms. Payne and this extraordinary book front and center as The Dead Are Arising is a National Book Award finalist for Nonfiction. Decades in the making, drawn from deep research and extended interviews and time with surviving members of Malcolm X’s family, this is a singular chronicle of a singular man and his times, what he lived for, lived through, and what killed him.
“Meticulously researched and masterfully reported, this chronicle offers fresh insights and disturbing revelations that, among other things, strengthen the case for government complicity in the murder of Malcolm X. . . . A gripping read . . . [and] a worthy companion to Malcolm’s famed autobiography.” - Nathan McCall.
“A brilliant and indispensable depiction of the life of Malcolm X. . . . Using the fruits of decades of interviews, [Payne] brings new information and perspectives on one of the most fascinating, and often misunderstood, figures in American history.” - Annette Gordon-Reed.
Presented by Town Hall Civics (www.townhallseattle.org) and the Northwest African American Museum (www.naamnw.org) in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.