15 | Oct
2018
15 | Oct
2018

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First Person: Margalit Fox

"Why isn't the Oscar Slater case better known? It's about racism, antisemitism, xenophobia. Not relevant to today? Think again."

Margalit Fox wrote more than 1,400 obituaries during her career at The New York Times, gaining a legion of fans with her exquisite prose and eye for quirky details. Now she brings her superb storytelling to a long-forgotten 20th-century murder case—and to Oscar Slater, the Jewish immigrant who was framed for the crime. Margalit joins author Ruth Franklin for a wide ranging First Person conversation about her fascinating career, her favorite obits, and her new book, Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History & Jewish Book Council

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