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A Work in Progress (WIP): Something not yet completed or finished. Evolving.

As an individual I have always tried to be a better person today than I was yesterday–I’m a Work in Progress, if you will. Toward that end, I try to learn something new every day, whether it be about myself, life, history, or the characters that inhabit my head. As a writer, I like to explore the people and events that helped to shape the U.S. into what it is today. While I am working on a manuscript, it, too, is called a WIP because it is in flux and changing. Once I am happy with it, and with a mega-dose of luck, it becomes a book. Herewith, my latest book or two.

FINDING A WAY HOME: Mildred and Richard Loving and the Fight for Marriage Equality (ages 13 to adult: publication November 2020) “Richard was White and Mildred was Black and Native American, and the young couple only wanted to live together as husband and wife. Married in Washington, D.C., in 1958, the newlyweds couldn’t cohabitate in their home state of Virginia because interracial marriage was still illegal there. What followed was almost a decade of arrests, legal battles, and separation until their case eventually made its way to the Supreme Court. Brimner presents the facts in no-nonsense prose while providing context for the couple’s plight . . .. The concluding chapters show how the Loving case had a direct impact on the legalization of same-sex marriage, bringing home the lasting effect of this historic Supreme Court decision. This thoroughly researched, attractively designed work is rich with primary sources, making history tangible.” Kirkus Reviews, September 2020

Booklist, November 1, 2020, STARRED: “Well researched and written as a clear, cohesive narrative, the book portrays the Lovings as a quiet couple who had grown up in a small, racially mixed community and simply wanted to be left alone. . . . large, well-captioned photos of people and documents bring the drama more sharply into focus. A concise, well-organized account of the landmark Loving v. Virginia case, its significance, and the people at the heart of the story.”

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Kirkus Reviews, starred: ACCUSED!: The Trials of the Scottsboro Boys: Lies, Prejudice, and the Fourteenth Amendment (ages 13 to adult; publication date: October 2019) “Brimner revisits the history of injustice in America. Brimner has extensively researched the heartbreaking story of the suffering and stolen futures of nine African America teens falsely accused of the rape of two white women in Alabama in 1931, laying all the facts on the table in a concise, gripping volume. The engaging, easy-to-follow text will draw readers into a historical account that mirrors many of today’s headlines. . . . a must-have for both school and public libraries. . . . Engaging and historically accurate, highly recommended.”

Booklist, starred: “Brimner . . . gives the narrative both heft and heart.”

Blacklisted!: Hollywood, the Cold War, and the First Amendment (ages 12 to adult): A Cold War is brewing between communist Soviet Union and the United States. Tensions between the two countries are at an all-time high. In America, people begin to see communist threats everywhere, and the U.S. government forms a committee to investigate those threats. Even Hollywood comes under the microscope.

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Acclaimed nonfiction writer Larry Dane Brimner follows, in vivid detail, the story of nineteen men from the film industry who are summoned to appear before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Un-American Activities. All nineteen believe that the committee’s investigations into their political views and personal associations are a violation of their First Amendment rights. When the first ten of these men refuse to give the committee the simple answers it wants, they are cited for contempt of Congress and are blacklisted.

The story of the Hollywood Ten is one of courage and defiance–a story that shows just how important it is to fight for one’s beliefs and rights. (from the flap copy)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year.

(Titles are available at your favorite bookstore or online retailer.)

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