Nina Barrett - "The Leopold and Loeb Files"

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Nina Barrett

“You have not experienced this case with anything approaching the astonishing and compelling detail that you will in The Leopold and Loeb Files... graphically stunning.” —Chicago Tribune

“It’s one thing to read the canned narrative of the crime and another to see it coalesce in real time via police records, psychiatric reports, and court transcripts... It’s fascinating to read the transcripts of Leopold and Loeb as they talk in looping confabulations, backtrack, contradict each other, and double down. Their voices on the page thrum with the smugness of youth.” —The Paris Review

A discussion with Nina Barrett, author of The Leopold and Loeb Files. A Q&A and signing will follow the event.

At the Co-op

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About the Book: A history of Chicago's infamous 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case, told chiefly through a rare collection of carefully arranged primary source material, including confessions, court transcripts, psychological reports, evidence photos, and more.

About the Author: Nina Barrett, a graduate of both Yale University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, is the author of three books and numerous articles, essays, and reviews. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Nation, among other places. In 2009, she curated an exhibition for Northwestern called The Murder That Wouldn't Die, which inspired The Leopold and Loeb Files. Barrett is also the founder and owner of Bookends & Beginnings, an independent bookstore in Evanston, Illinois.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago 60637