Alumnus Jeffrey Blount publishes new novel “The Emancipation of Evan Walls”
Sep 20, 2019
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Acclaimed author and Robertson School alumnus Jeffrey Blount presented his new book “The Emancipation of Evan Walls” at an event at the James Branch Cabell Library on Wednesday. In a moderated discussion with his wife Jeanne Meserve, an award-winning security analyst, journalist and media coach, Blount talked about the novel which describes the story of a black child growing up in the racially charged 1960s.
In the book, the main protagonist Eval Walls is inspired to overcome the racism and class status imposed on blacks and dreams of a life bigger than that lived by most everyone he knows in the small Virginia town of Canaan. He gets caught in a crossﬁre of hate from whites and his own people, who question whether he is black enough, which leaves Evan often alone and bewildered. Only the love of his great grandmother, Mama Jennie, and his mentor, Bojack, keeps him on track. Together, they help Evan ﬁnd perspective and peace.
Blount is the author of two previous novels, "Almost Snow White" and "Hating Heidi Foster." He was inducted to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 2016 after an award-winning television career. He directed Meet The Press, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, The Chris Matthews Show and major special events. He graduated from the Robertson School of Media and Culture (then the School of Mass Communications) in 1981.
Please read an interview with Blount about his new book on the website of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.