March 9 and 11: Presentation and book signings with biographer and National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair, author of “Al Capone”

Date: Presentation and book signing March 9 with book signing only in the Museum retail store March 11
Time: 7 p.m. March 9 presentation and book signing
1-3 p.m. March 11 book signing only
Cost: Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission.
There is no cost to enter the Museum retail store.

Book signing with biographer and National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair, author of Al Capone
Bair book cover

Few have captured the public’s imagination for as long as Al Capone. As “Public Enemy Number One” during the blood-soaked days of Prohibition through the present day, Capone’s legend still looms large. While Capone has long been mythologized and immortalized in books and film, little is known of the Capone behind the legend.

Deirdre Bair, author of the National Book Award-winning biography of Samuel Beckett, has written the first new biography of the legendary gangster in more than 20 years. With help from his family and exclusive access to personal testimony and archival documents, Bair has written a rigorous and intimate biography that provides an intriguing portrait of a man who was equal parts monster, criminal, devoted family man and charismatic public figure. In the process she debunks many of the myths that have fed Capone lore and explores the complicated legacy borne by his descendants.


Deirdre Bair  

Deirdre Bair

One of the most awarded and acclaimed biographers, Deirdre Bair has won the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: A Biography, and her biographies of Simone de Beauvoir and Carl Jung were finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her biographies of Anais Nin and Saul Steinberg were both named New York Times Notable Books.