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An Author Hopes that Writing About Wrongs Can Right Some Wrongs

A novel about racial tensions in 1950's Chicago
Posted at 11:09 AM, Sep 16, 2020

Danny Gardner grew up listening to stories from two different uncles—one who was a decorated Chicago police officer and one who was a decorated Chicago gang member. Stories from both uncles and his own experience with racial tensions helped Danny write his new novel Ace Boon Coon.

Danny Gardner's new novel, Ace Boon Coon, is centered around the 1950s politics over how people were compensated for their land when it was acquired for the University of Illinois’ Chicago Campus. The novel also comments on how both Black and white interests were represented, and not represented— and the gray areas on both sides. We also learn about Danny's near death experience running from the same gang his uncle belonged to while hosting a Bernie Mac show, and how talking about events like these can help foster a better conversation surrounding ambiguous issues.

We are joined by Author Danny Gardner to talk about black representation in fiction and how writing about wrongs can help right some wrongs

Danny will celebrate the launch with a virtual event hosted by Boswell Book Company on Friday, September 18 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific/7:00 p.m. Central Time; he'll be in conversation with fellow crime fiction author and Milwaukee resident Nick Petrie. It's free and open to the public.

You can register for the event by clicking here!

To find a copy of Ace Boon Coon you can visit Boswell Books in Milwaukee or online at, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.