Author of The Mirage Factory
Wednesday, May 23rd at 7pm
Gary Krist is the New York Times bestselling author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, including City of Scoundrels and Empire of Sin. He has been lauded by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and a slew of other outlets for his narrative histories focusing on a particular metropolis on the verge of modernization. He focused on Chicago in City of Scoundrels and New Orleans in Empire of Sin and now turns to L.A., examining the moments of the early 20th century that would turn the city into the modern metropolis that we know today. He does this through the lens of three individuals who would prove to be pivotal in shaping L.A. into “L.A.”—William Mulholland who designed the massive aqueduct that would make urban life possible in this water-starved corner of the country; D.W. Griffith who would give Los Angeles the industry it needed to grow; and Aimee Semple McPherson, evangelist, faith healer, and radio preacher, who would provide the city with its identity as a worldwide center for spiritual realization and reinvention.
From bestselling author Gary Krist, the story of the metropolis that never should have been and the visionaries who dreamed it into reality