Sutton: A Novel
By J.R. Moehringer
Blending research with vivid imagination, Pulitzer Prize-winner J.R. Moehringer brings Willie Sutton, America’s most successful bank robber back to life in this “fictional biography.” Born in the Irish slums of Brooklyn in 1901, Sutton grew up during a time when banks were despised by the public for taking risks that caused millions to lose their jobs and homes. Finding himself trapped in a cycle of unemployment and poverty, Sutton began safecracking, robbing banks and stores in a career that would span four decades and pull in an estimated two million dollars. While Sutton was good at breaking into banks, he was such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men in New York, and the FBI put him on its first-ever most wanted list.
Moehringer develops the novel in a tense progression of flashbacks, each episode triggered as Sutton escorts a reporter and a photographer on a tour of his old New York City haunts and the places that shaped him. Combining romance, a heist novel, a financial history of the twentieth century, and a loving portrait of New York, readers will enjoy this colorful portrayal of a life in crime that is gripping, sad, and often funny.
About the Author
Journalist J.R. Moehringer has written for newspapers across the United States, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Rocky Mountain News. His work has won numerous awards, including the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. A 1986 graduate of Yale University, Moehringer began his journalism career as a news assistant at The New York Times.
Cocktails, History, and Practical Mixology for the Home Tippler
Dates and times vary – SpeakEZ Lounge – 600 Monroe NW
Join The Starving Artist Torrence O’Haire in a three-part series that explores creating classic cocktails with a foodie twist.
Bitters, Herbals, and Home Liqueur Making
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 7:00 pm
What are bitters? Why are they important in cocktail culture? And why are they so dang bitter?!? Join The Starving Artist at SpeakEZ Lounge for a class and demonstration in understanding, buying, making, and using herbal liqueurs, from the classic to the modern, and discover how to take your cocktail parties to the next level!
Gin Style, Use, and Practice
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 7:00 pm
“I hate gin!” “It tastes like pine trees!” “I’d rather drink cleaning products!” Join The Starving Artist at SpeakEZ Lounge and discover the true value of gin as a cocktail ingredient and as a modern artisanal movement. Not all gin tastes like juniper! Explore the different styles and varieties, and learn to make a classic gin cocktail unlike anything you’re accustomed to!
Whiskeys and their Possibilities
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 7:00 pm
Bourbon, scotch, Tennessee, rye, corn, white, Canadian, Irish… how can you keep them all straight? Join The Starving Artist at SpeakEZ Lounge for a class and lecture on understanding and using whiskey in cocktails from the classic to the modern. Explore what each whiskey can do in a cocktail and exactly how to make your ingredients shine.
GR Reads: The Movies – Bonnie and Clyde
Monday, July 22, 2013, 6:30 pm
Main Library – 111 Library Street NE
When Depression-era drifters Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) meet, Bonnie is bored and Clyde dreams of a life of crime that will free him from the hardships of the depression. They fall in love and begin a crime spree that extends from Oklahoma to Texas. They rob banks with skill and panache, soon becoming minor celebrities known across the country. Based on the true story, the film personalizes them while still showing the violence that went along with them.
Bank Robberies and the FBI
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 7:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library Street NE
The FBI uses highly trained agents to investigate domestic crime, including some of the most famous bank robberies in history. Learn how the FBI developed the Ten Most Wanted and how bank robbery investigative techniques have developed through the years.