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Sarah Weinman: The Real Lolita

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST
1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time. And yet, very few of its readers know that the subject of the novel was inspired by a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner. Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history, and literary investigation, Sarah Weinman’s The Real Lolita tells Sally Horner’s full story for the very first time. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Sarah Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the Sally Horner case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing Lolita. Interviewed by Tracy Daugherty, author of Leaving the Gay Place and The Last Love Song.

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Sarah Weinman

Sarah Weinman, author of The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World (Ecco) is also the editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (Library of America) and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives (Penguin). She covers book publishing for Publishers Marketplace, and has written for the New York Timesthe Washington Postthe New Republicthe Guardian, and Buzzfeed, among other outlets. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her online at sarahweinman.com
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Tracy Daugherty

Tracy Daugherty is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestseller The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion. His short stories and essays have appeared in the New YorkerVanity FairBritish Vogue, the Paris Review online, McSweeney’s, and many other journals. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he lives in Corvallis, Oregon with his wife, writer Marjorie Sandor.

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