Bill Morris is the author of the novels Motor City, All Souls' Day, and Motor City Burning, which will be published by Pegasus Books in July. His writing has appeared in Granta, the New York Times, the (London) Independent, the Washington Post Magazine, L.A. Weekly and the online literary magazine The Millions. He lives in New York City.

FATHER FIGURE

Always on the fringes, Moore perfected fast-talking insult comedy, almost single-handedly invented blaxsploitation movies, and inspired artists from Snoop Dog to Eddie Murphy.

LITERARY GREATS

The Alabama tomboy, who wrote one of America’s best-loved novels, then withdrew from public view for more than 50 years, fascinated us to the end.