Join author Max Zimmer for a discussion about his new novel, Not Into Night, the third installment in his If Where You're Going Isn't Home series. Max will be joined in conversation by former Salt Lake Tribune editorial writer, Diane Cole, author of In the Shadow of the Wasatch. This free, virtual event will take place on Crowdcast. Please register here. Order your copy of the book from TKE and receive an autographed copy.
At nineteen, Shake Tauffler is no stranger to conflict. A father who lets him know that he would prefer anyone else for a son. A mother who can switch between sweetness and rage in a heartbeat. In the summer of 1963, as the civil rights movement inflames America, he leaves Utah, his unprotected younger siblings, and his life as a gifted jazz trumpet player behind to spend two and a half years trying to convert Austria to the Mormon faith. The mission is his last obligation – and his last chance to prove himself – to his zealous father. His interest in the fight for civil rights is visceral. Back home, the girl he loves is black, as are his heroes, the dark-skinned men from whom he’s learned everything he knows about playing jazz. In Austria, he tries to satisfy his father’s expectation to “harvest” its people for the church. But he’s drawn to the brutal struggle in the South, tracking events through news articles, questioning whether his true allegiance lies with a people his faith wants him to believe are cursed.