Join Midtown Reader for an evening with Sterling Watson, author of THE COMMITTEE, in conversation with Charles Ranson.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In the late 1950s, Gainesville, Florida, seems to be a sleepy university town. Its residents live, by outward appearances, ordinary lives. And yet the town is far from ordinary. The most private acts of professors, students, townspeople rich and poor, and politicians are under the close scrutiny of a shadowy group of men—the Committee—who use the powers of government and the police to investigate, threaten, and control this increasingly fearful community.
The Committee pits friends against friends and threatens careers and lives in a struggle for the soul of a town, a university, and an ideal. Based on actual historical events and set against the backdrop of political, cultural, and class turmoil, this is a story of love—both licit and hidden— war, friendship, betrayal, compromise, and finally the necessity to stand firm against the encroachments upon freedom by men who believe they are doing God’s and the government’s righteous work.
ABOUT CHARLES RANSON
Charles Ranson and Sterling Watson have been friends since they were classmates together at Eckerd College in the 60's. Ranson has had a variety of careers over the years; he has been a business consultant, lawyer, and strategic planning advisor for government agencies, non-profits, and private enterprise. He currently serves on advisory boards for Florida State University and the University of Kansas.