Lit Salon: The Bishop and the Butterfly
- Hear from:
- Michael Wolraich, whose latest book The Bishop and the Butterfly: Murder, Politics, and the End of the Jazz Age (Union Square & Co.) chronicles a true crime epic of murder and corruption in 1930s New York
- Pulitzer Prize winner Debby Applegate, author of Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler
About the event:
On February 6, The Lit Salon will feature author Michael Wolraich, whose latest book The Bishop and the Butterfly: Murder, Politics, and the End of the Jazz Age (Union Square & Co.) chronicles a true crime epic of murder and corruption in 1930s New York. Michael will be in conversation with author and journalist Michelle Young and Pulitzer Prize winner Debby Applegate, author of Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler. The virtual audience will have the opportunity to submit questions for the Q&A portion of the event.
About the Speakers
Michael Wolraich is the author of the critically acclaimed Unreasonable Men (2014) and Blowing Smoke (2010). His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, New York magazine, Reuters, and CNN. Wolraich grew up in Iowa and graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts before falling in love with New York City, where he has lived since 2000.
Debby Applegate is a historian and biographer based in New Haven, CT. Her first book, The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for biography and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. She is also the author of Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler.
Michelle Young is the author of Secret Brooklyn, Secret New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants, Broadway, and the forthcoming narrative non-fiction book, The Art Spy, to be published by HarperOne, and imprint of Harper Collins. The Art Spy was Publisher’s Weekly Deal of the Week in August 2022. Michelle is also the founder of Untapped New York,, a Professor of Architecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and a scholar in the New York Public Library’s Allen Room. Michelle’s writing and photography have been published in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Hyperallergic, The Forward, Business Insider, Curbed, Metropolis Magazine and more. She was featured on the History Channel production The Engineering That Built the World, Netflix’s Stay Here, Smithsonian Channel’s Searching for Secrets, PBS’ 10 That Changed America, National Geographic’s Strange Truths, and Tell Me Something I Don’t Know with Stephen Dubner.
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