Life of a Klansman
Tuesday, May 2 | 4 PM
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
Edward Ball is a nonfiction writer who has published five books of history and biography. At this event, Ball will speak about his next book, which explores the roots of white supremacy, and his path to writing it. Ball has been investigating the life of a fighter in the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana, who was a member of Ball’s own family, and the race terror that spread through the South after the end of the Civil War.
Winner of a National Book Award for Slaves in the Family, Ball has written two book that reach the New York Times Best Seller list. His book The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures—a story of the photographer Eadweard Muybridge—is in development as a television miniseries. Since 2010, Ball has taught nonfiction writing at Yale University.
For lecture information, visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2017-edward-ball-fellow-presentation.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.