HUSH Podcast #111 – 2Book Topeka: The Devil in the White City

Show Notes

In this episode we discuss the 2Book Topeka title The Devil in the White City: Murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America by Erik Larson with three returning HUSH guests: Julie Nelson, Emily Hopkins and Craig Paschang. Read the book and listen in on our discussion as part of 2Book Topeka. This is a great pick for the “A Book Set in the Past” square on your Reading Bingo card. HUSH host Lissa Staley bravely leads the discussion, although loyal listeners understand she was terrified and probably tried to read the chapters about the serial killer with her eyes shut!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming 2Book Topeka events in October and November 2017.

You may want to check out all the previous and subsequent books by Erik Larson.

Additionally, Julie recommended Erik Larson’s Dead Wake in a 2016 episode of HUSH and Erik Larson’s Issac’s Storm in a 2013 episode of HUSH.

For additional listening, Emily recommends the Lore podcast for their episodes on H. H. Holmes including Episode 8: The Castle and Episode 63: Homecoming

For your esoteric research needs, Craig recommends Kansas State Historical Society resources for studying changes in American public building architecture before and after the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair including Study Examines Kansas’ Second- and Third Generation County Courthouses and Historic County Courthouses of Kansas. He would also like to apologize for confusing the title of Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool with Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. While neither novel’s setting is remotely contemporaneous with the Gilded Age, both shed light on what makes life meaningful.

Reading Bingo

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Reading Bingo Prize Update

Reading Bingo Prizes are now available for pick up in the Red Carpet room at the library. Readers who completed a straight-line or diagonal bingo (5 books) can choose a book for even more reading fun!

Learn more about prizes for straight line or diagonal bingo and grand prize entry forms!


What’s Next?

HUSH Upcoming Episodes

Thanks for listening! Email your recommended books for future episode themes so we can share them with listeners:

  • October 24, 2017 – Reading Bingo! with guests who recommend the 2Book Topeka book “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr as your choice for “A Book with a Mystery” square

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.