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Brendan Slocumb on how fact inspired fiction in 'The Violin Conspiracy'

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Brendan Slocumb is then author of "The Violin Conspiracy"

Brendan Slocumb is a musician, teacher, podcast host and author and his February 2022 release The Violin Conspiracy instantly hit bestseller lists. People are still raving about this one, so I lept at the opportunity to speak with Brendan about his first novel, which was recently released in paperback.

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The book follows a young Black musician, Ray, who discovers his instrument, a family heirloom, is worth a fortune and is stolen just before an international classical music competition. Brendan’s own experiences with racism as a Black classical musician inspired some of the events in the book.

I recently spoke with Brendan Slocumb about the impact of racism, his writing process, and how his rigorous musical training prepared him for publishing. Here's our conversation.

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The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb was published by Vintage.

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.