Furious Hours

Adelia M. Russell Library will host author Casey Cep for a question-and-answer session on her new novel at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Cep wrote “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee” about the 1976 Coosa County murders and Lee’s attempt to write about it. Lee tried to write about the five murders tied to Rev. Willie Maxwell and his murderer Robert Burns. Local attorney Tom Radney defended both Maxwell and Burns

“We would invite anybody to come to the event to listen to the question and answer (session) and meet Casey herself because we’re always trying to promote reading and books,” library director Amy Huff said. “Of course when anything relates back to our area that’s very important to us.”

Cep was recently interviewed by The New York Times about her book, which will be released Tuesday. According to The New York Times, Cep said she didn’t think she solves the murder case or what happened to Lee’s unfinished manuscript.

“But I hope I’ve given people all the evidence that I can for readers to draw their own conclusions about everything, from did the Reverend do it to how did he do it if he did it, and what did Harper Lee write, what didn’t she write or why couldn’t she write?” Cep said.

Cep said in a previous interview with The Outlook she was covering Lee’s release of “Go Set a Watchman” in 2015 in Monroeville when she heard about the author spending time in Lake Martin. Cep wrote about what Lee did in the Lake Martin community to gather information

It took four years for Cep to write the book and she said she decided to have a question-and-answer session in Alexander City because she met so many people here while researching.

Cep said her novel is available at Alabama Booksmith, Books-A-Million and Amazon.

The library is located at 318 Church St.