Miamis Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. can now add novelist to his repertoire with the recent publishing of Before I Forget, his auspicious fictional debut. Pittss novel tells the story of several generations of black men who through time and estranged distance are compelled to face the underpinnings of a fractured filial relationship strained by regret, fear, frustration, and, yes, inevitably, love.
The tale centers around erstwhile '70s R&B phenomenon, James Moses Mo Johnson, age 49, whose first sampling of superstardom came in 1974 when he wrote and recorded his first smash record. With fame behind him and an early diagnosis of Alzheimers disease before him, Mos life is further complicated when he discovers that his father, Jack who has been unreachable for nearly 30 years is dying, and that his 19-year-old son, Trey, has gotten himself arrested and jailed.
Tue., April 14, 8 p.m., 2009