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Pam Kelley: Release Party


Main Street Books is excited to celebrate the release of Money Rock with author Pam Kelley. Join us at the store for a discussion and signing of this fascinating read, meet author Pam Kelley, and indulge in light refreshments.

Money Rock is the gripping story—by turns action-packed, uplifting, and tragic—of a striving African American family, swept up and transformed by the 1980s cocaine epidemic. This epic account begins in 1963 when Belton Lamont Platt (who would come to be known as Money Rock) is born in a newly integrated North Carolina hospital to Carrie, an activist mother. It ends with Belton’s sons, three of whom die violently as teenagers, and one—his oldest—who’s trying to transcend a criminal past in a world where the odds are stacked against him.


Veteran reporter Pam Kelley takes readers through a shootout that shocks the city, a botched FBI sting, and a trial with a judge known as “Maximum Bob.” Yet Money Rock transcends the dramatic details, illuminating the power of family and the near impossibility of creating lasting change without reckoning with the sins of the past. This intimate journey shows the social forces and public policies shaping the choices of characters both brilliant and flawed, complex people whose lives are often oversimplified and undervalued. Readers will find in Money Rock a deeply American story, one that shouldn’t be possible, let alone common.

Earlier Event: September 23
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Later Event: September 26
Story Time with Leslie