Author Casey Cep will join the online book discussion on April 15


The History Book Festival, Lewes Public Library, and Delaware Library Division will feature Casey Cep, author of the bestselling “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee,” in a discussion via the Zoom online meeting platform at 2 noon, Wednesday, April 15.

This event is free, but registration is required. To register, go to and click on Virtual Adult Programs. Registrants will receive information on how to participate in the discussion the day before the event.

Cep’s appearance marks a new format for History Book Festival discussions, which are usually held in the library with a participating author via Skype. Dogfish Head sponsors these monthly meetings.

A popular selection at the 2019 History Book Festival, Cep’s book chronicles how Harper Lee helped his friend Truman Capote research his best-selling “In Cold Blood.” Some 17 years later, Lee has returned to her native Alabama with the intention of writing her own true-crime classic. She spent a year interviewing people during the trial of a vigilante who shot a rural preacher who escaped justice after allegedly murdering five members of his family for insurance money. Exploring the mystery of artistic creativity, “Furious Hours” is a moving portrait of one of history’s most beloved writers and his struggles with fame and success.

Those looking for a copy of “Furious Hours” should contact Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, the official bookseller of the History Book Festival. Browseabout conducts its business by telephone. To reach Browseabout, call 302-226-2665 or visit


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