See the author David Hill speak about his book about the New York Mob in Hot Springs. The event will be on Tuesday, November 30, beginning at 7 p.m., via live video the Saline County Library Facebook page.
Hill spent six years researching “The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice,” which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book for 2020.
The book follows the crime-ridden history of Hot Springs through its three central characters – Hazel Hill, who is the author’s grandmother; Dane Harris, who managed the gambling in Hot Springs and opened the nightclub The Vapors; and Owney Madden, a former Cotton Club manager who was sent to Hot Springs after serving seven years for a gang-style killing in New York.
Hill will discuss his book, the push for legalized gambling in Hot Springs, and what became of the players in the Spa City who tried, and failed, to allow legal gambling to take hold during Hot Springs’ heyday.
For more information, call 501-778-4766.