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Karen Cameron
Director, Communications and Marketing
Marygrove College
Ph: (313) 927-1446
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DETROIT, Mich., March 16, 2010— The Marygrove College Department of English and Modern Languages today announced that the award-winning mystery writer, novelist and social commentator Walter Mosley will be the twenty-second guest—and the first mystery writer— in its Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. This annual event brings a nationally-known author to its campus for a morning class session with high school students and an evening reading for the general public.

Walter Mosley will deliver the Lillian and Donald Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2010, in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove College campus. Afterward, he will sign copies of his works, which will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the community.

To schedule an interview with Mr. Mosley, contact Karen Wood at (313) 927-1446 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mr. Mosley has written thirty-two books and his work has been translated into twenty-one languages. Ten novels and one book of short stories feature private investigator Easy Rawlins, the first of which, Devil in a Blue Dress, was made into a movie starring Denzel Washington and Jennifer Beals.

Mosley has written many works of fiction, including RL’s Dream, 47, Fortunate Son, Killing Johnny Fry, Diablerie, The Tempest Tales, and The Man in My Basement, which New Yorker reviewer Ben Greenman called “a compelling, peculiar exploration of race and identity.” His most recent novel, The Long Fall, which begins a new series featuring private investigator Leonid McGill, was published in March 2009. A second Leonid McGill novel, Known to Evil will be published this March.

This series, now in its twenty-second year at Marygrove, is an annual event bringing a nationally-known author to its campus for a public lecture and seminar with students.

It began when the late Frederick P. Currier, a former Marygrove College trustee, attended a reception on campus and remarked that he would like to bring a national writer to Marygrove for a weekend. Mr. Currier’s start-up check soon followed his suggestion, and in 1989 nearly 600 guests of the College heard Gloria Naylor inaugurate the series.

To date, nearly 8,000 people have joined Marygrove at the Friday night public readings to hear outstanding writers share their work.

For more information: or contact Professor Frank Rashid at (313) 927-1448.


Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1927, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to developing leaders for the new global society.

The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.
8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221
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