Gilbert King comes to St. Petersburg to talk about Beneath a Ruthless Sun at [email protected]

Reviewer Lisa L. Kirchner called the book "a hauntingly relevant unveiling of our racist past."

Gilbert King comes to St. Petersburg to talk about Beneath a Ruthless Sun at Studio@620
Cover scan by Lisa Kirchner
Gilbert King has a way of making us think about Florida's racist past and say, "yeah, a loose cobra in Ocala or weirdo criminals in Miami are really not that big of a deal." In his latest book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun, it's not an easy story of — pardon the pun — black and white. It's a nuanced story that, at first blush, makes no sense: Why did a racist-ass sheriff arrest a white dude? Guess you're gonna have to read the book and then come to the talk, hosted by Tombolo Books — it's better to think of them as a "literature entropy" than a bookstore, because they're so much more. They've wrangled not only Bob Devin Jones but Colette Bancroft, and the threesome will have a chat about King's book as The [email protected] dishes up light snacks and awareness will all be served. Wine costs extra.

Tombolo's the host, so if you're gonna buy the book, you're gonna buy from them, right? You can pre-order it and bring it to the event to sign — along with any other of King's books. 

Check out Lisa Kirchner's review of the book and her interview with King about Beneath a Ruthless Sun.

Gilbert King book talk, signing and reception | The [email protected], 620 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Aug. 5: 5 p.m. | 727-895-6620 | Order books by emailing Tombolo Books or calling 727-755-9456

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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