New book with Civil Rights/NC connection:
Leaving Tuscaloosa by Walter Bennett (Fuze trade paper, September 2012, 313 pages, $16.95).
Author event: 3 p.m., Sun., Jan. 27, 2013 at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café.
In 1962 Alabama, a young white man and a young black man struggle through 36 hours of racial turmoil, leading to their paths converging in “a terrible, riveting climax” (book description). “Leaving Tuscaloosa,” loosely based on Bennett’s own experiences growing up in Tuscaloosa, has been called “deeply moving, disturbing, haunting, and important” by regional author Lee Smith. Written by a Chapel Hill resident. See author website.