Bass Reeves: The Birth of a Boy, a Man, & a Myth
Sidney Thompson will discuss the historical and fictional fabric of his debut novel, Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves: The Bass Reeves Trilogy, Book One, which offers insights on how Reeves, born a slave in Van Buren, Arkansas, would become the gold standard in Fort Smith for law enforcement in the American West. Hear how his youth prepared him to excel far beyond his white peers to establish groundbreaking undercover and investigative tactics while mandating a maverick “shoot only in self-defense” creed. Be inspired by the man and the myth of the man, who inspired the folk hero, the Lone Ranger.
About Sidney Thompson
Sidney Thompson is the author of Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves, the first in a trilogy of historical novels about the legendary African-American lawman Bass Reeves, the subject of an upcoming HBO miniseries produced by Morgan Freeman. Thompson’s other books are You/Wee: Poems from a Father (2018) and Sideshow, winner of Foreword Magazine’s Silver Award for Short Story Collection of the Year (2006). His fiction has received numerous awards and appeared in such literary journals and anthologies as The Carolina Quarterly, The Cortland Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, The Southern Review, Stories from the Blue Moon Café (Volumes 1 & 2), and storySouth. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in American Literature/African-American narratives from the University of North Texas. He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and currently lives in Fort Worth, where he teaches creative writing and African-American literature at Texas Christian University.