An interview with Ellen Feldman Guggenheim Fellow Ellen Feldman has written five novels. Her 2009 book Scottsboro, which has been made into a Picador Classic, is inspired by the shocking true story of the Scottsboro boys. In 1931, nine black youths were accused of raping two white girls. An impassioned young journalist tries to save the boys from the electric chair. It's this intersection between individual lives and wider political events and ideals that makes Feldman's writing so powerful.