Stacey Abrams presents "While Justice Sleeps," with Ann Curry

May 19, 2021, 7:30 PM

Stacey Abrams joins us to present While Justice Sleeps, in conversation with Ann Curry. The first 600 ticket holders will received a signed copy of While Justice Sleeps. All tickets come bundled with a copy of While Justice Sleeps. This program will take place on Zoom. Purchase tickets here: 

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From celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams, While Justice Sleeps is a gripping, complexly plotted thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together--excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn--the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases--has slipped into a coma, Avery's life turns upside down. She is immediately notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court--a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm, which promises to unleash breathtaking results in the medical field. She also discovers that Wynn suspected a dangerously related conspiracy that infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington.

As political wrangling ensues in Washington to potentially replace the ailing judge whose life and survival Avery controls, she begins to unravel a carefully constructed, chesslike sequence of clues left behind by Wynn. She comes to see that Wynn had a much more personal stake in the controversial case and realizes his complex puzzle will lead her directly into harm's way in order to find the truth. While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction.

Stacey Abrams is the two-time New York Times bestselling author of Our Time Is Now and Lead from the Outside, an entrepreneur, and a political leader. A tax attorney by training, she served eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, and became the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. She has launched multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at the state, national, and international levels. She is the founder of Fair Fight, Fair Count, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project. Abrams is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the advisory board of Climate Power 2020 and the advocacy board of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association. She has received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School.

Award-winning journalist and photojournalist Ann Curry, a former NBC News Network anchor and international correspondent, has reported on conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Darfur, Congo, the Central African Republic, Serbia, Lebanon, and Israel; on nuclear tensions from North Korea and Iran and on numerous humanitarian disasters, including the tsunamis in Southeast Asia and Japan, and the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where her appeal via Twitter (@AnnCurry) is credited for helping to speed the arrival of humanitarian planes. Ann has won numerous awards for journalism including 7 national news Emmys and many Edward R. Murrow awards, Gracie Allen Awards and National Headliner Awards. The NAACP has honored her an Excellence in Reporting award. Women in Communications has awarded her a Matrix. The Centre for Responsible Leadership honored her for Truth in Media. Ann has also been given numerous humanitarian awards, including from Refugees International, Americares and Save the Children. The award she especially prizes is a Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, for her dedication to reporting about genocide.

This program is in partnership with Congregation Beth Elohim.

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Note: While Justice Sleeps will be published on May 11th, and books will be available for in-store pickup or shipping on that date. A replay of the program will be made available after the conclusion of the While Justice Sleeps tour, on Monday, May 24, for anyone who missed the event. All shipping tickets include the cost of shipping to domestic addresses only. This is a US-based event ONLY, and please allow up to 3-4 weeks for delivery of your book. Due to complications around shipping during the pandemic, delays can be common.

Abrams photo credit: Kevin Lowery
Curry photo credit: David Turnley