Skip Hollandsworth, award-winning journalist, executive editor for Texas Monthly, and screenwriter of the acclaimed film Bernie, can now add author to his impressive resume. This event celebrates the release of his first book, The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer.
Set in 1884, when Austin was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a true cosmopolitan metropolis, the book follows a vicious killer who stalked the streets of the city for an entire year, striking on moonlit nights and attacking women from every race and class. Before it was all over, the crimes would expose what a newspaper called “the most extensive and profound scandal ever known in Austin.” Hampton Sides says, “Skip Hollandsworth has a bloodhound’s nose for a great tale.” The Midnight Assassin is a scrupulously researched, riveting depiction of one of the most chilling and little-known events in Texas history.
“Skip Hollandsworth is not just a Lone Star treasure, but a national treasure. . . . Whether you love true crime, history, or Texana, The Midnight Assassin is bursting at the seams with everything you want in a great book; a spellbinding mix of mystery, horror and historical detective work.” —Bryan Burrough
Auditorium tickets are sold out for this event; however, a live video-simulcast of the event will be available in the adjacent C3 Theater with close-up shots of the speaker on stage.
Simulcast ticket holders may have a chance to buy an upgraded ticket to the auditorium on a first-come, first-served basis if seats become available. On the night of the event, please check in with the Arts & Letters Live box office starting at 6:30 p.m. about seating availability.