Cedric the Entertainer - Flipping Boxcars

Saturday, September 23, 2023 - 7:00pm
Left Bank Books presents St. Louis' star & one of the original Kings of Comedy Cedric the Entertainer, who will discuss his first novel, an engaging and entertaining crime caper, Flipping Boxcars. Cedric will pre-sign books that will be available for pick up at check-in. Each ticket includes 1 signed book.
Cedric will be in conversation with G'Ra Asim!
Grab tickets to join us at Hi-Pointe Theatre 
1005 McCausland Ave
St. Louis, MO 63117
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About the Author:
Over the course of a career spanning more than thirty years, actor/comedian CEDRIC KYLES (a.k.a. Cedric The Entertainer) has solidified his status as one of the world's premier performers on the stage, in film, and on television. Cedric is the star and executive producer of the CBS Television hit comedy The Neighborhood, for which he won a 2023 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Cedric's other noteworthy television credits include the comedy series The Soul Man and The Steve Harvey Show, for which he won four NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy. He lives in Los Angeles.
About the Moderator:
G'Ra Asim is a writer, a musician, and an assistant professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. He has served as writing director at the African American Policy Forum and as graduate teaching fellow in Columbia's Undergraduate Writing Program. His work has appeared in SlateSalonGuernicaThe Baffler, and The New Republic. When not writing prose or teaching, he sings, plays bass and writes lyrics for NYC DIY pop punk band babygotbacktalk, who were named one of AfroPunk's "Top 8 Punkest Bands on the Planet Right Now."
About the Book:
The first novel from one of the original Kings of Comedy, Cedric "The Entertainer," an engaging and entertaining crime caper that is a valentine to close-knit black families and tightly woven communities struggling to get by during the Depression and World War II.

Babe is a charismatic and widely loved man, a gambler with a gift for gab that often gets him out of tricky situations. He's also a dreamer, something he shares with his patient and loving wife, Rosie. They both yearn for financial stability and see the land they own as insurance for future generations. But when Babe and a few comrades enlist in a scheme that improbably falls apart, he endangers the little security the family has.

On the verge of losing everything, what's a family man to do?

If you're a gambler like Babe, you double down and risk it all for one big score--this time, a plan involving railroad boxcars.

Will Babe succeed? Will Rosie continue to support her husband? Are the Feds on to his make-or-break scheme?

Flipping Boxcars is Cedric "The Entertainer" at his most engaging best--a charming, fast-paced novel that pays homage to his beloved grandfather and a generation past, anchored by rich, multi-dimensional characters and oozing with irresistible charm.



Publishers Weekly (07/24/2023):

The promising fiction debut from comedian Cedric "the Entertainer" Kyles (Grown-A$$ Man) chronicles family man and community fixer Floyd "Babe" Boyce's bootlegging operations in post-WWII Caruthersville, Mo. In 1948, Babe and his partner in crime, Karter (whose life Babe saved in the war), commit to a deal with Tommy Wojak, who heads the Polish arm of a Chicago crime syndicate. The pair has 72 hours to raise $54,000 to buy 3,000 cases of untaxed bourbon arriving by railroad from Canada. An expert gambler, Babe banks on his ability to read cards, dice, and people to hopefully win the cash from the bustling Sportsman Hall casino. His plans are derailed, though, when he suffers a shock defeat at the craps table after an all-night hot streak convinces him to make a hefty bet, and loses his savings along with the deeds to farmland his wife has purchased. To salvage his marriage and his children's futures, Babe enlists the help of an enterprising army friend to pull off an audacious train robbery. Despite an underbaked subplot involving Ku Klux Klan attacks in Caruthersville, Kyles and Eisenstock deliver stirring gambling scenes, strong characterizations, and vivid prose. The result is an energetic caper that's more than meets the eye. Agents: (for Kyles) Anthony Mattero, CAA; (for Eisenstock) Eric Rhone, A Bird and a Bear. (Sept.)

Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.


Event address: 
Hi-Pointe Theatre
1005 McCausland Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63117
Flipping Boxcars: A Novel By Cedric The Entertainer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063258990
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Amistad - September 12th, 2023


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