Author's take on civil rights crimes at home and abroad
11/1/2013, 6 a.m.
Civil rights history buffs can get a behind-the-scenes look at a familiar 1963 hate crime and a Nazi-era love story when authors T.K. Thorne and Jim T. Barfield discuss their books at a Nov. 10 Southern Writers Showcase at MJCCA-Zaban Park in Dunwoody.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former AJC Managing Editor Hank Klibanoff will moderate the conversations, presented by Canterbury Press and the Atlanta Writers Academy.
Thorne’s book, “Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers,” draws from years of research into the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four black girls after their Sunday school class.
It depicts the inside story of one of the most famous crimes of the civil rights era, told by Thorne, a former Alabama police officer and the first Jewish officer in the Birmingham Police Department. Thorne believes it’s possible that people other than the three Klansmen who were convicted knew or possibly helped in the bombing.
Barfield, a Juvenile Court associate judge, will talk about his World War II-era romance, “Boxcars,” that tells the story of a Jewish teenager and promising concert violinist on the run from the Nazis in May 1944 and a teenage prisoner who escapes Auschwitz and a Nazi medical experiment. Their lives become desperately entangled as they struggle to survive the Holocaust.
MJCCA-Zaban Park is at 5342 Tilly Mill Road. For tickets, visit www.atlantajcc.org/pldb-live/20516/.