You might recognize author Hampton Sides from his previous work Ghost Soldiers which won the 2002 PEN USA award for non-fiction, or perhaps for Americana or Stomping Grounds. Currently though, the narrative history and bestselling author is promoting his latest work Hellhound on his Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for his Assassin.
Laura Miller of Salon.com writes, “Sides’ meticulous yet driving account of Ray’s plot to murder King and the 68-day international manhunt that followed is in essence a true-crime story and a splendid specimen of the genre – a genuine corker.”
Hampton Sides is a native of Memphis and holds a BA in history from Yale. He has written for several well known publications including National Geographic, The New Yorker, and Esquire. Mr. Sides has guest lectured at Columbia, Stanford, SMU, Yale and Colorado College, among other institutions.*
This evening, Monday, June 14, 2010 Hampton Sides will be discussing his work at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham as part of their Writers Live! series. Mr. Sides is scheduled to appear at 7:00 pm in the connected Rotary and Donor Rooms. Limited seating is available. As always, call and confirm all dates and times before heading out the door.
For more on Hampton Sides and his latest book, check out this article in yesterday’s Eccentric.
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-Post by Megan Shaffer
*info taken from Random House and Hampton Sides home sites