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Durham County Library Hosts Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Program: Meet the Author: Leonard Pitts, Jr.
Date: Saturday, March 1
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Leonard Pitts, Jr. for a reading from his novel Freeman at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St.

Freeman follows the story of Sam, a freedman who leaves Philadelphia to find the wife and child he left behind 15 years before in Mississippi when he fled to freedom. He travels south in the turbulent time between the end of the War and the beginning of Reconstruction. It is also the story of Prudence, an affluent white woman who is going to Mississippi to start a school for former slaves. The novel addresses several themes still debated today, more than 145 years after the official end of the Civil War. Freeman won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s 2013 Award for Fiction. It was also nominated for a 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A book signing will follow the reading.

Pitts is a columnist, lecturer and writer. He earned the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for commentary. He is a three-time recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Award of Excellence, and he was chosen NABJ’s 2008 Journalist of the Year. Pitts is a five-time recipient of the Atlantic City Press Club’s National Headliners Award and a seven-time recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Award. His other books include a collection of his columns, Forward From This Moment; a memoir, Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood; and a novel, Before I Forget.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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