August 8: Havana Nocturne Author Talk with T.J. English
Havana Nocturne, a New York Times best-selling book by author T.J. English, tells the compelling backstory behind the world of mobsters such as Meyer Lansky and Charles “Lucky” Luciano, when Cuba was the great hope for the future of American organized crime in the post-Prohibition years.
In this daytime Author Talk, English will share stories from his book about the relationship and balance of power between the Mob and the corrupt, repressive government of Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista. That relationship – with Batista in the Mob’s pocket – launched an unprecedented tourism boom of lavish entertainment and gambling in Havana, English says. The boom ended with Fidel Castro and the uprising of Cuba’s disenfranchised against Batista and his foreign partners.
English, a former taxi driver turned journalist, is the best-selling author of seven nonfiction books, including Havana Nocturne and The Savage City, both in development for possible television or movie production. He also has written several episodes for television crime dramas and has had articles published in national magazines including Vanity Fair and Esquire. English’s latest book, Where the Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World that Made Him, is to be published in September 2015.