Wes Moore - Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $31 (includes signed copy of Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City)

When Freddie Gray was arrested for possessing an "illegal knife" in April 2015, he was—by eyewitness accounts that video evidence later confirmed—treated "roughly" as police loaded him into a vehicle. By the end of his trip in the police van, Gray was in a coma from which he would never recover. In the wake of a long history of police abuse in Baltimore, this killing felt like a final straw—it led to a week of protests and then five days, described alternately as a riot or an uprising, that set the entire city on edge and caught the nation's attention.

Wes Moore is one of Baltimore's proudest sons—a Rhodes Scholar, bestselling author, decorated combat veteran, former White House fellow, and CEO of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty nonprofits in the nation. While attending Gray's funeral, he saw every strata of the city come together: grieving mothers; members of the city's wealthy elite; activists; and the long-suffering citizens of Baltimore—all looking to comfort each other, but also looking for answers.

Knowing that when they left the church, these factions would spread out to their own corners, but that the answers they were all looking for could only be found in the city as a whole, Moore—along with journalist Erica Green—tells the story of the Baltimore uprising through both his own observations, and through the eyes of other Baltimoreans: Partee, a conflicted black captain of the Baltimore Police Department; Jenny, a young white public defender who's drawn into the violent center of the uprising herself; Tawanda, a young black woman who'd spent a lonely year protesting the killing of her own brother by police; and John Angelos, scion of the city's most powerful family and owner of the Baltimore Orioles, who has to make choices of conscience he'd never before confronted.

Shaped by these shifting points of view, Five Days is an engrossing, cacophonous account of one of the most consequential moments in our recent history—but also an essential cri de coeur about the deeper causes of the violence and the small seeds of hope planted in its aftermath.

Wes Moore is the CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, one of the largest antipoverty organizations in the country. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller; his second book, The Work, was also a bestseller and featured in Oprah's SuperSoul Sunday. Wes appears regularly as a commentator on NBC News. He lives in his hometown of Baltimore with his wife and two children.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925