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Writer for HBO’s ‘The Wire’ will be in Carrboro with his new book

Author Rafael Alvarez, a former writer for HBO’s “The Wire,” visits Carrboro July 13 with his new book, “Exile on Macon Street.”
Author Rafael Alvarez, a former writer for HBO’s “The Wire,” visits Carrboro July 13 with his new book, “Exile on Macon Street.”

This is for all the fans of great books and great TV: Rafael Alvarez, a former writer for HBO’s “The Wire,” is on an eight-city tour with his new book of short stories, “Exile on Macon Street.” The tour brings him to Carrboro on Thursday.

In addition to being a staff writer for “The Wire,” Alvarez wrote for “The Wire’s” cousin show, NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street”; “The Black Donnellys,” also on NBC; and the very fine, wrongly canceled NBC series “Life” (with Damien Lewis).

Alvarez is a native of Baltimore and worked as a City Desk reporter at The Baltimore Sun for more than 20 years.

“Exile on Macon Street” – his 11th book – is a fiction collection centered around Basilio Boullosa, a sign painter in East Baltimore.

You can meet Alvarez in person at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Carrboro coffee house Johnny’s Gone Fishing. He’ll be introduced by former N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Willis Whichard.

Get info about Johnny’s Gone Fishing at johnnysgonefishing.com.

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