Walter Mosley is the critically acclaimed author of twenty-three books. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages. Many readers first discovered Walter’s writing in the Easy Rawlins mystery series. The first book in the series, Devil in a Blue Dress, was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Jennifer Beals. In addition to his successful mysteries, Walter’s books span the genres of literary fiction, young adult fiction, science fiction and nonfiction. Both his fiction and nonfiction appear in a wide array of publications including The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Los Angeles Times Magazine and The Nation. Walter’s decisions as a businessman and writer reflect his commitment to empowerment and building community. He chose the small independent press, Black Classic Press, to publish the prequel to the Easy Rawlins series, Gone Fishin’. He felt it was important “to create a model that other writers, black or not, can look at to see that it’s possible to publish a book successfully outside mainstream publishing in New York.” Black Classic Press also published What Next, part political essay, part handbook for community action that examines the singular kinds of contributions and patterns of belief and action African Americans can add to any approach towards world peace. Life out of Context(Nation Books) moves from Walter’s personal experience of cultural dislocation to his call for African-Americans creation of a new political party.