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Pop-up: Casey Cep

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Casey Cep pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her new book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Cep is paired with the artwork Untitled (Hotel de la Clef D’Or) by Joseph Cornell; found on the 1st floor of the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.

Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.
Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.

Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.

Casey Cep

Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M.Phil in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New Republic, among other publications. Furious Hours is her first book. 
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