The Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series continues with a lunch featuring journalist Issac J. Bailey Friday, August 24 at Halls Signature Events in downtown Charleston. Bailey is the author of the forthcoming memoir My Brother Moochie: Regaining Dignity in the Face of Crime, Poverty, and Racism in the American South, published by Other Press.
The three-course lunch with Mr. Bailey is $50 and includes a book signed by the author. Or, you can choose a lunch ticket for $32. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Issac J. Bailey was born in St. Stephen, South Carolina, and holds a degree in psychology from Davidson College in North Carolina. Having trained at the prestigious Poynter Institute for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida, he has been a professional journalist for twenty years. He has taught applied ethics at Coastal Carolina University and, as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, has taught journalism at Harvard Summer School. Bailey has won numerous national, state, and local awards for his writings. He currently lives in Myrtle Beach with his wife and children.
Bailey has contributed to Time, Politico, Esquire, and CNN.com. He is a former columnist and senior writer for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, and he was a 2011 recipient of a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for stories about a child protection case. The state subsequently revamped the way it handles such cases.
My Brother Moochie is a rare first-person account that combines a journalist’s skilled reporting with the raw emotion of a younger brother’s heartfelt testimony of what his family endured for decades after his eldest brother killed a man and was sentenced to life in prison.
At the age of nine, Issac J. Bailey saw his hero, his eldest brother, taken away in handcuffs, not to return from prison for thirty-two years. Bailey tells the story of their relationship and of his experience living in a family suffering guilt and shame. Drawing on sociological research as well as his expertise as a journalist, he seeks to answer the crucial question of why Moochie and many other young black menincluding half of the ten boys in his own familyend up in the criminal justice system. What role did poverty, race, and faith play? What effect did living in the South, in the Bible Belt, have? And why is their experience understood as an acceptable trope for black men, while white people who commit crimes are never seen in this generalized way?
My Brother Moochie provides a wide-ranging yet intensely intimate view of crime and incarceration in the United States, and the devastating effects on the incarcerated, their loved ones, their victims, and society as a whole.