Wanda M. Morris: Author in Residence

GA Author of the Year, Wanda Morris is coming to Read It Again! Wanda will be signing copies of her new book, Anywhere You Run on Saturday, August 19 from 12 to 2. We hope to see you there!


ANYWHERE YOU RUN weaves crimes, lies, and secrets into a hypnotic thriller that finds two Black sisters facing insurmountable challenges that will change the course of their lives forever. Dripping with Southern atmosphere and blistering suspense, Wanda M. Morris’ sophomore outing proves she is a “writer to watch” (Publishers Weekly). Edgy, disturbing, and filled with captivating plot twists, ANYWHERE YOU RUN marks an undeniable leap in Morris’ career. It’s the summer of 1964 and three innocent men are brutally murdered for trying to help Black Mississippians secure the right to vote. Against this backdrop, twenty-one-year-old Violet Richards finds herself in more trouble than she’s ever been in her life. Suffering a brutal attack of her own, she kills the white man responsible. But with the color of Violet’s skin, there is no way she can escape Jim Crow justice in Jackson, Mississippi. Before anyone can find the body or finger her as the killer, she decides to run. With the help of her white boyfriend, Violet escapes. But desperation and fear lead her to hide out in the small rural town of Chillicothe, Georgia, unaware that danger may be closer than she thinks.

Back in Jackson, Marigold, Violet’s older sister, has dreams of attending law school. Working for the Mississippi Summer Project, she has been trying to use her smarts to further the cause of the Black vote. But Marigold is in a different kind of trouble: she’s pregnant and unmarried. After news of the murder brings the police to her door, Marigold sees no choice but to flee Jackson. She heads North seeking the promise of a better life and no more segregation. But has she made a terrible choice that threatens her life and that of her unborn child? Two sisters on the run—one from the law, the other from social shame. What they don’t realize is that
there’s a man hot on their trail. This man has his own brand of dark secrets and a disturbing motive for finding the sisters that is unknown to everyone but him . . .

Wanda M. Morris is the acclaimed author of All Her Little Secrets, which has been praised by Karin Slaughter as “brilliantly nuanced” and reviewed by The Boston Globe, LA Times, New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seattle Times, and South Florida Sun Sentinel among others. It was named as one of the “Best Books of 2021” by Hudson Booksellers and selected as the #1 Top Pick for “Library Reads” by librarians across the country. It was selected as a Book Buzz Pick by Good Morning America, serialized in Entertainment Weekly and a Marie Claire book club pick. All Her Little Secrets won the 2022 Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery Novel and named a 2022 finalist for Georgia Author of the Year for Best First Novel. She has also been nominated for the Anthony Award, the Strand Critics Award, the Macavity Award and shortlisted for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize. All Her Little Secrets has been optioned for a limited series on Showtime network, starring and executive produced by three-time Emmy winner Uzo Aduba. Her new book, Anywhere You Run, was named One of the Top Ten Crime Fiction Books of 2022 by The New York Times and won the 2023 Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery and the 2023 Georgia Author of the Year for Best Detective/Mystery. It has been nominated for the 2023 Strand Critics Award and longlisted for the 2023 Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award. It was named one of the Best Books of 2022 by NPR, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal and Amazon. It has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Library Journal. It was listed as one of “Fifteen Standout Historical Fiction Books to Read This Year” by Oprah Daily. In its review, Publishers Weekly stated, “Finely sculpted characters and crisp dialogue help make this a standout.” Booklist’s starred review stated, “This riveting and moving novel, with echoes of Zora Neale Hurston’s
Their Eyes Were Watching God, is highly recommended for fans of suspense and women’s fiction.” Wanda is a former corporate lawyer, married, the mother of three and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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Saturday, August 19, 2023 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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Anywhere You Run: A Novel By Wanda M. Morris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063082502
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 25th, 2022

All Her Little Secrets: A Novel By Wanda M. Morris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063082465
Availability: Available online. Call store for local availability.
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 2nd, 2021