© Larry Dane Brimner, 2018


A Work in Progress (WIP): Something not yet completed or

finished. Evolving.

As an individual I have always tried to be a better person today than I was yesterday--I’m a Work in Progress, if you will. Toward that end, I try to learn something new every day, whether it be about myself, life, history, or the characters that inhabit my head. As a writer, I like to explore the people and events that helped to shape the U.S. into what it is today. While I am working on a manuscript, it, too, is called a WIP because it is in flux and changing. Once I am happy with it, and with a mega-dose of luck, it becomes a book. Herewith, my latest book or two. ACCUSED!: The Trials of the Scottsboro Boys: Lies, Prejudice, and the Fourteenth Amendment (ages 13 to adult; publication date: October 2019) “Brimner revisits the history of injustice in America. Brimner has extensively researched the heartbreaking story of the suffering and stolen futures of nine African America teens falsely accused of the rape of two white women in Alabama in 1931, laying all the facts on the table in a concise, gripping volume. The engaging, easy-to-follow text will draw readers into a historical account that mirrors many of today’s headlines. . . . a must-have for both school and public libraries. . . . Engaging and historically accurate, highly recommended.” (from Kirkus Reviews, STARRED) “Brimner . . . gives the narrative both heft and heart.” (from Booklist, STARRED) Blacklisted!: Hollywood, the Cold War, and the First Amendment (ages 12 to adult): A Cold War is brewing between communist Soviet Union and the United States. Tensions between the two countries are at an all-time high. In America, peole begin to see communist threats everywhere, and the U.S. government forms a committee to investigate those threats. Even Hollywood comes under the microscope. Acclaimed nonfiction writer Larry Dane Brimner follows, in vivid detail, the story of nineteen men from the film industry who are summoned to appear before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Un-American Activities. All nineteen believe that the committee’s investigations into their political views and personal associations are a violation of their First Amendment rights. When the first ten of these men refuse to give the committee the simple answers it wants, they are cited for contempt of Congress and are blacklisted. The story of the Hollywood Ten is one of courage and defiance--a story that shows just how important it is to fight for one’s beliefs and rights. (from the flap copy) A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. (Both titles are available at your favorite bookstore or online retailer.) TOP
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