Walter Mosley is a writer who is hard to characterize. He writes hugely popular and compelling crime novels, for which he is perhaps best known, but that’s by no means the extent of his talent. He also writes essays, science fiction, screenplays for films and scripts for television. Since he began writing at the age of 34, he has published at least a book a year – oftentimes two – and writes every single day without exception. His most popular protagonist of his crime novels, Easy Rawlins, is an unforgettable character steeped in the violent atmosphere of segregated Los Angeles in the 50s and 60s. Mosley’s works have been translated into 21 languages and he has some heavy-hitting fans. In 1992, then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton named Mosley as one of his favorite writers.
Walter Mosley spoke about his work with Nicole Lapierre – sociologist, anthropologist and co-director of the journal Communications – at Théâtre des Abbesses on Sept. 21 at Columbia's World Writers' Festival in Paris.