Join New York Times best-selling author Russell Shorto for an evening of revelations drawn from his recently published book, Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob. Shorto sensitively tackles a subject normally taboo in families, piecing together the story of his grandfather’s history as a numbers runner in Johnstown, Pa., and the impact his illicit business had on his immediate and extended family. Shorto’s earnest retelling of his family history weaves together the skills of a trained historian, genealogist, and master storyteller. Tune in as Shorto delves into the history of Western Pennsylvania illegal gambling with these dual personal and professional lenses.
Using lessons learned researching his book, Shorto will also guide for those looking to push back against family history research roadblocks on this topic. He’ll also convey strategies on bringing family history to life through writing. Shorto offers an online course on the topic.
Shorto will participate in a book signing directly following the event.