On Wednesday, December 6, Oak Park journalist Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi visits EPL to discuss her riveting new book Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago , and you’ll want to make sure you’re in the crowd. Praised by the NY Times, NPR, and Ms. Magazine, Ugly Prey tells the sensational story of Sabella Nitti – an Italian immigrant who in 1923 was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to hang for the murder of her missing husband based primarily on her appearance. Both a page-turning courtroom drama and a “thought-provoking look at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, class, and the American justice system,” Lucchesi’s book was described by Library Journal as a must-read for historical true crime lovers. Make sure to register to guarantee your seat at this special author event, and in the meantime, don’t miss Lucchesi discussing Ugly Prey with with WTTW’s Phil Ponce on Chicago Tonight.
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