Joe Sexton will sign "The Lost Sons of Omaha"

What: Joe Sexton will discuss and sign his recent release, The Lost Sons of Omaha: Two Young Men in an American Tragedy

When: Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

Where: The Bookworm, 2501 So. 90th St., Ste. 111


On May 30, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, amid the protests that rocked our nation after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police, thirty-eight-year-old white bar owner and Marine veteran Jake Gardner fatally shot James Scurlock, a twenty-two-year-old Black protestor and young father. What followed were two investigations of Scurlock’s death, one conducted by the white district attorney Don Kleine, who concluded that Gardner had legally acted in self-defense and released him without a trial, and a second grand jury inquiry conducted by African American special prosecutor Fred Franklin that indicted Gardner for manslaughter and demanded he face trial. Days after the indictment, Gardner killed himself with a single bullet to the head.

Here, Joe Sexton masterfully unpacks the whole twisting, nearly unbelievable chronicle into a meticulously reported and nuanced account of the two deaths, explaining which claims were true and which distorted or simply false. The Lost Sons of Omaha involves some of the most pressing issues facing America today, including our country’s dire need for gun control and mental health reform; the dangerous spread of fake news, particularly on social media; and the urgent call to band together in the collective pursuit of truth, fairness, and healing.

Joe Sexton, as a senior editor and reporter at The New York Times and ProPublica, has directed six projects awarded Pulitzer Prizes, including the award for breaking news for his staff’s coverage of Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s downfall. He has shared in three Emmy Awards for documentary film, one of them for a harrowing look at the re-emergence of violent white supremacists in America. As a reporter, he covered sports, politics, and the country’s criminal justice system. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Sportswriting. Sexton is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn and the father of four daughters.

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 6:00pm
The Lost Sons of Omaha: Two Young Men in an American Tragedy By Joe Sexton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982198343
Availability: On our shelves as of last inventory update.
Published: Scribner - May 9th, 2023

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