Booked Up with Jen Taub

The Kneeling Man by Leta McCollough Seletzky

April 2, 2023

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This week, Jen’s guest is Leta McCollough Seletzky. Leta is a former litigator who left the law to become a literary sensation. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow.

If you don’t already know her name, you will soon. Leta is the author of a beautiful new memoir that will be published this coming Tuesday, April 4th. It’s called The Kneeling Man: My Father’s Life as a Black Spy Who Witnessed the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Get comfortable, because when you start reading you will not be able to put this book down. THE KNEELING MAN is a spellbinding account of a daughter piecing together her father’s mysterious role present there in an iconic photograph on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, kneeling beside MLK pressing a white towel to his forehead and pointing across the parking lot in the direction of the assassin. With gorgeous prose and emotional honesty, Leta brings us on her journey to uncover deeply hidden family secrets to better understand our own.

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