Nationally acclaimed author and alum, Walter Mosley, class of 1977, received the college’s second-ever recipient of the Distinguished Career Award during Alumni Reunion and Family weekend. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in the recipient’s professional life.
Walter is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series and “Charcoal Joe.” His works have been reviewed by The Washington Post, Oprah, NPR and The New York Times stated, “With Mosley, there’s always the surprise factor – a cutting image or a bracing line of dialogue,” in reference to his “And Sometimes I Wonder About You.” He is the recipient of several awards including an O. Henry Award, PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement award, Upton Sinclair Award and in 2002; Mosley was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Album Notes.
Following the award ceremony, the Johnson community gathered to celebrate local authors as JSC professors Tyrone Shaw, Elizabeth Powell and Jenson Beach all read from recent works. Mosley also read from his novel, “Charcoal Joe.”