Join the Summersell Center, the University of Alabama Press, and the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library for a reading and talk in celebration of the publication of B.J. Hollars, Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America (University of Alabama Press, 2011). Thirteen Loops recounts the story of three innocent victims, all of whom suffered violent deaths through no fault of their own: Vaudine Maddox in 1933 in Tuscaloosa, Sergeant Gene Ballard in 1979 in Birmingham, and Michael Donald in 1981 in Mobile. The event will take place on October 5, at 5 pm at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library on the University of Alabama Campus.
B.J. Hollars is the editor of You Must Be This Tall To Ride: Contemporary Writers Take You Inside The Story. He received his M.F.A in Creative Writing from The University of Alabama and has published in North American Review, Ninth Letter, and The Southeast Review, among others. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.