W.K. Berger is launching his first novel this summer titled The Purples, an action-packer about Detroit in its heyday. In a recent email, Mr. Berger said that the idea for The Purples “came out of a long-ago family connection to the infamous Purple Gang, a wild group of Jewish rumrunners who ruled Detroit during Prohibition.”
According to his bio Mr. Berger has written articles for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Chicago Tribune among many other well-known publications. These days however, he is busy promoting his thriller, which must be a full time job in its own right.
In the literary world things are really ramping up on the Internet, and Berger’s site for The Purples is no exception. Just when you thought getting published was the hurdle, authors must now hone their promotional and marketing skills to visually compete online. A definite nod must go out to The Purples site which (though it pains me to say) includes a very decent trailer.
Though I haven’t yet read The Purples, I am thrilled at the prospect of another historically based book shedding light on Detroit and its incredibly diverse history. For past NLR reviews that touch on these subjects, try Annie’s Ghosts, Grand River and Joy, and The Art Student’s War.
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-Post by Megan Shaffer