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Harambee Books & Artworks Welcomes ‘Slaters Lane’ Author John Wasowicz for Book Signing on Saturday, August 29

Alexandria, VA – Harambee Books & Artworks at 1132 Prince Street, Old Town’s only Black-owned and -operated bookstore, will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, August 28, by hosting the release of Slaters Lane, the third book in the popular Mo Katz mystery series.

Author John Adam Wasowicz will maintain appropriate social distance and wear a mask and gloves while signing copies of the book at the store’s entrance from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 29. A portion of the author’s proceeds will be donated to front-line COVID-19 workers in Alexandria.

Author and Alexandria resident John Wasowicz

“Harambee Books is rich in Black heritage, and I’m privileged to be invited to the store for the release of my newest book,” Wasowicz said.

Mo Katz, the fictional hero of the mystery series set in Old Town, is the child of a racially mixed marriage. In Slaters Lane, Katz reestablishes his relationship with his estranged parents upon learning that his African-American mother has contracted the coronavirus.

Slaters Lane takes place in April 2020 as COVID-19 courses through the community, forcing investigators to resort to online interviews, teleconferences, and a virtual search to solve the mystery behind a brutal attack on Easter Sunday.

Book lovers who purchase Slaters Lane on August 28 will be offered a free online copy of Jones Point, the second book in the series, narrated by former WAMU radio personality Derek McGinty.

WETA on-air host Nicole Lacroix will narrate Slaters Lane with music by WETA producer and composer James Jacobs. The audiobook version of Slaters Lane will debut in October, along with the ebook.

For more information, visit or drop by the store on Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, August 28, between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Harambee Books & Artworks is located at 1132 Princes Street in Old town Alexandria.


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