Writers LIVE: D. Watkins, "The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America"
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D. Watkins, a native son of the east side (the beast side) of Baltimore, has survived the kind of life in urban America that has claimed the lives of many of his friends and family members. He writes with the compassion and unsentimental clarity of a survivor -- of a man who is passionately determined to stop the cycles of violence and suffering that have long been inflicted on his community. Watkins' debut book, "The Beast Side," is a rare, highly personal dispatch from the streets.