Rochester Arts & Lectures: Erik Larson
Downtown United Presbyterian Church, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:30pm
Erik Larson has written four New York Times bestsellers. His most recent is his portrait of the American ambassador and his family in Berlin during the first years of Hitler’s reign, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, which remained on the list for 35 weeks. His account of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, including that of a ruthless serial killer, The Devil in the White City, was on the New York Times hardcover and paperback lists for a combined total of over three years—it also won the Edgar Award for nonfiction crime writing and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His previous books, Thunderstruck and Isaac’s Storm, also became bestsellers. Among his other books are Lethal Passage and The Naked Consumer. The New York Times Book Review has said, “Larson is a marvelous writer…superb at creating characters with a few short strokes." Larson was also a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal and a contributing writer for Time magazine and he has written for The Atlantic, Harper’s, and The New Yorker among other publications. (strongstuff)
SPECIAL EVENT: #1 New York Times Bestselling Author ERIK LARSON
Oblong Books & Music - Millerton, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7pm
Oblong Books & Music is proud to present#1 New York Times bestselling author & undisputed master of narrative nonfiction ERIK LARSON for the launch of his new book "DEAD WAKE: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania" Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. Ecolab Auditorium/ Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY TICKETS REQUIRED - SCROLL DOWN TO PURCHASE From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In the Garden of Beasts,Devil in the White City, Thunderstruck and Isaac's Storm comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster. On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "Greyhounds" and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. He knew, moreover, that his ship--the fastest then in service--could outrun any threat. Full of glamor, mystery, and real-life suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, and captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster that helped place America on the road to war. Event management for ERIK LARSON - "DEAD WAKE: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania" - presented by Oblong Books powered by Eventbrite
Location: Street: Culinary Institute of America - Ecolab Auditorium/ Marriot Pavilion Additional: 1946 Campus Drive City: Hyde Park, Province: New York Postal Code: 12538 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Booknotes, Sunday, September 14, 2003
Erik Larson discusses The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.
from the publisher's website Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake. The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before. Erik Larson’s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both. (timspalding)
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