[Freedom archives news] Sun - Sept 30th - 4 pm SF - From Fugitive to Fiction with James Kilgore

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*From Fugitive to Fiction: The Literary and Political Odyssey of James 
*Sunday September 30, 2012: 4-6pm*

*518 Valencia Street - San Francisco*

James Kilgore was a fugitive for 27 years, on the run for his 
participation in political violence in California during the 1970s. He 
spent most of his time underground in southern Africa, where he was an 
educator, activist and father. Upon his arrest in Cape Town in 2002, 
dozens of people from around the world, including Nobel Laureate 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, wrote letters of support to the 
court. In the end, the U.S. authorities sentenced him to six and a half 
years in prison, which he completed in 2009.

During his incarceration he transformed into a fiction writer, drafting 
several novels, three of which have been published. His first two works 
were historical novels centered on struggles for freedom in
Zimbabwe and South Africa. His most recent work, Prudence Couldn't Swim, 
is a new departure for this versatile and creative writer-a murder 
mystery set in Oakland CA which brings together characters from southern 
Africa and the California prison system. Prudence wraps the complexities 
of African independence and mass incarceration into a humorous but 
penetrating tale.

Currently a research scholar at the Center for African Studies at the 
University of Illinois and an activist on criminal justice issues, 
Kilgore has just returned from his first visit to South Africa since his 
arrest. Now he will be making his first trip to California since his 
release from prison.

More info on Prudence Couldn't Swim can be found on PM Press' website: 

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