Join author David Hill for a discussion of his book The Vapors. David will be in conversation with Head of Content for The Ringer Sean Fennessey. The event will take place on Zoom and be live-streamed on The Strand’s Facebook Page.
The Vapors is a terrific, colorful, character-driven piece of history and true crime that tells the story of Hot Springs, Arkansas, which was for much of the 20th century one of the country’s premier destinations for gambling and vice, and was at one time in competition with Las Vegas for the title. David’s book alternates between the stories of three “characters”: Owney Madden, one-time New York gangster and owner of the Cotton Club who resettled in Hot Springs; Dane Harris, a local guy who rose to become the town’s boss gambler; and the author’s own grandmother, who worked for Harris at his casino.
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