Thinking Out Loud: True Crime Stories Out Loud

Date and Time
December 10, 2019
Event Details

A night of readings uncovers true tales of lawlessness, disorder, and corruption in the Library’s archives and collections. 

Margalit Fox, former New York Times obituary writer and author of Conan Doyle for the Defense
Peter McRobbie,  (Boardwalk EmpireDaredevil, Law & Order)
Penny Middleton, actor, writer, and producer 
Keith Morrison, correspondent, Dateline NBC
Dr. Jack Tchen, historian, author, and editor, Yellow Peril!: An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear
Sarah Weinman, award-winning author of The Real Lolita
& the writing of Joseph Mitchell, Zora Neale Hurston, and more

Discover the dissolute and depraved characters lurking within the books and papers held at the Library. Crime writers, journalists, and actors read aloud stories of true crime from New York history and beyond. 

Meet a cast of characters including inept murderers, fanatics and hypocrites attempting to police the morals of turn-of-the-century Manhattan, men and women whose presumed guilt for homicide has more to do with the color of their skin than any misdeeds, and everyday citizens with unsettling ideas about administering justice. From the sensational to the sober, writings from Joseph Mitchell, Zora Neale Hurston, and others reveal the blurred lines between supposed villains and victims, and the misogyny, xenophobia,  and racism that have long figured into the record of right and wrong.


For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A standby line will form one hour before the program.

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