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Pop-Up Book Group with Sarah Weinman: THE REAL LOLITA

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Please join us for a Pop-Up Book Group with Sarah Weinman. We'll be discussing her fascinating book about the case that may have inspired Nabakov's "Lolita": THE REAL LOLITA: THE KIDNAPPING OF SALLY HORNER AND THE NOVEL THAT SCANDALIZED THE WORLD

Pop-Up Book Groups are small gatherings in private homes with some of the most exciting novelists, memoirists, humorists, biographers, non-fiction writers and essayists at work today -- fascinating conversations about the book and the writing process, capped at 20 participants. After you register, please purchase (in any format) and read the book. Registrants will receive the address about one week before the book group. Bring your copy to be signed!


The Real Lolita is a tour de force of literary detective work. Not only does it shed new light on the terrifying true saga that influenced Nabokov’s masterpiece, it restores the forgotten victim to our consciousness.” —David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon

Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time. And yet, very few of its readers know that the subject of the novel was inspired by a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner.

Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history, and literary investigation, The Real Lolita tells Sally Horner’s full story for the very first time. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Sarah Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the Sally Horner case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing Lolita.

Sally Horner’s story echoes the stories of countless girls and women who never had the chance to speak for themselves. By diving deeper in the publication history of Lolita and restoring Sally to her rightful place in the lore of the novel’s creation, The Real Lolita casts a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic.

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