Thursday, December 30, 2010

January 2011

Our January selection is The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The book tells the story of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. Larson details the planning of the grand event, by Daniel Hudson Burnham who designed the plans on 600 acres and built over 200 new buildings.

Larson also tells the story of serial killer, H.H. Holmes, who exploited the city's fixation on the fair and built a hotel for fair-goers. He murdered many women, men, and children in his hotel and eventually confessed to 27 murders, though the count may be as high as 200.

Our discussion will take place on January 24th at 6:30 p.m in the First Amendment Room. Books are available now!