Monday, April 27, 2009

Before I forget--Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Pulitzer Prize winning -syndicated- columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. is coming to Cincinnati. Leonard Pitts will speak to a group of high school students in Sharonville, Ohio. Mr. Pitts has a new book out called Before I forget --The new novel is about three generations of black men trying to discover their places in each other’s lives. It’s the story of Mo Johnson; once upon a time, he was one of the most popular R&B stars of the 1970s. Now, he’s just someone who used to be. Mo has a hated father he hasn’t spoken to for 30 years who has terminal cancer, he has a son to whom he gave everything but attention, who has just been arrested for armed robbery and murder. Worse, he has early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Just 49 years old, and he’s just learned that he’s dying of a disease that will erase his memory, his very identity, that will take his life before it kills him. Before I Forget is about a man racing the clock, desperate to make peace with the ghosts of past and present, to make peace with his father and reconcile with his son before it’s too late. I can’t wait to meet Mr. Pitts and discuss column writing, and my upcoming book. My book will be released in July 09 and includes a chapter about Joe Deters.