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Popular Author visits Wednesday with “Stand Your Ground”-themed novel

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Victoria Christopher Murray visits the Carnegie Library’s Homewood Branch on Wednesday with a new novel whose themes are pulled from the headlines.

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Stand Your Ground (Touchstone) tells the story of three women involved in the murder trial following the death of a 16-year-old African-American boy, including a juror, the mother of the victim, and the wife of the white man who shot him.

The book was sparked by the Trayvon Martin case and other recent deaths of unarmed black men and boys. (Here’s Murray’s author’s note.)

Since self-publishing her first novel, in 2000, Murray has published more than 20 other adult novels, including The Ex Files and The Deal. Her books have made best-seller lists (she has more than 1 million books in print, according to her website), and Murray herself has received awards including the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award as a pioneer in African-American fiction.

Stand Your Ground, published in June, has gotten strong reviews from Library Journal and Booklist.

Murray, who is based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., speaks at the Homewood Carnegie from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.

Copies of the book will be on sale with an opportunity for signing. The event, sponsored by the United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh, is free, but registration is required, and you can register here.

The library is located at 7101 Hamilton Ave., in Homewood. For more information (or to register by phone), call Dan Hensley at 412-731-3080.


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