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David S. Mitchell 

When: Thu., Jan. 26, 7 p.m. 2017

The seeds for this debut political thriller were planted in 2008, when David S. Mitchell found himself at odds with the consensus among his fellow law school students that the election of Barack Obama would transform society. Mitchell doubted the country's desire for change truly ran deep, and when he backed into a job as campaign manager for African-American candidate Ken Lewis in the North Carolina senatorial race two years later, Mitchell got to test that hypothesis. Seeing scores of Obama-esque candidates shot down in their election bids seemed to confirm the idea that Americans were willing to get behind the idea of liberty and justice for all, but not inclined to do the hard work to incorporate those ideals into daily life. Mitchell seethed at the lost opportunity, but in his novel he seeks to galvanize young people to wield the political power they potentially hold. The author will discuss his book and issues of politics and race with Lewis and historian Timothy Tyson. —David Klein

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