David Hill with Sean Fennessey: The Vapors

David Hill’s new The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice is a colorful, character-driven piece of history and true crime. It 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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When: Tue., July 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: The Strand
828 Broadway
212-473-1452
Price: Free
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David Hill’s new The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice is a colorful, character-driven piece of history and true crime. It 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.

If you would like to support the author and The Strand, please order a copy here.

Buy tickets/get more info now