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Saturday, October 13 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Strange but True Crime

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This session explores some obscure objects of desire that have driven people to commit bizarre crimes. In The Feather Thief, journalist and documentarian Kirk Wallace Johnson profiles a young American flutist who risked everything to steal a collection of priceless feathers from the British Museum of Natural History. Why? To feed his obsession with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying, of course. In The Dinosaur Artist, New Yorker staff writer Paige Williams investigates the rarified world of fossil hunting and the black market trade in dinosaurs. In the process, she questions the conflict between science and commerce. And in In Vino Duplicitas, Peter Hellman, journalist and long-time contributor to Wine Spectator, shines a light on wine fraud, forgery, gullible billionaires, and competitive snobbery in the highest echelons of wine connoisseurship. These three works of nonfiction read like thrillers in the hands of these outstanding authors. Shira Springer, who covers stories on sports and society for WBUR, will moderate this discussion of strange but entirely true crimes.

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Shira Springer

Shira Springer covers stories at the intersection of sports and society for NPR and WBUR. She also writes regular columns on women’s sports for the Boston Globe and The Sports Business Journal and feature stories for The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and other publications. She... Read More →

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Peter Hellman

Peter Hellman is an author and journalist with a decades-long career who has written about everything from wine fraud to true crime to the Holocaust. He is the author of Chief!: Classic Cases from the Files of the Chief of Detectives (1974), about NYPD Chief of Detectives Al Seedman... Read More →
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Kirk Wallace Johnson

Kirk Wallace Johnson is a journalist, writer, and former refugee worker. He first served in Baghdad with the US Agency for International Development. In the aftermath of the Iraq War, Johnson worked on the ground in Fallujah as the first construction coordinator for the Agency. He... Read More →
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Paige Williams

Paige Williams is a decorated journalist. A staff writer at the New Yorker, she is also a former newspaper reporter, having worked for the Washington Post, the Charlotte Observer, and the Clarion-Ledger. She won the National Magazine Award for features writing and has been anthologized... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, USA