EventsAuthor Talk: Sara DiVello - Broadway Butterfly - In Conversation with Laura Zigman

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Author Talk: Sara DiVello - Broadway Butterfly - In Conversation with Laura Zigman

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Central Library in Copley Square


Mysteries, mayhem, and murder! It’s officially spooky season, and we’re diving in with this fun and fabulous night! True crime novelist, founder of Mystery and Thriller Mavens, and a life-long fan of all things murder and mayhem, Sara DiVello will spill the tea on the crime of the century in conversation with New York Times Best Selling Author Laura Zigman as they discuss Sara DiVello’s 2023 thriller, Broadway Butterfly. The authors will also discuss creativity, process, and the wild, winding path to publication. Following the conversation, there will be time for audience Q&A.

The talk begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 26 and an author signing of Broadway Butterfly, at approximately 7:00pm, and facilitated by Trident Booksellers and Café, will close the program. Laura Zigman will also be available to sign copies of her book Small World.

About Broadway Butterfly: A Thriller

Manhattan, 1923. Scandalous flapper Dot King is found dead in her Midtown apartment, a bottle of chloroform beside her and a fortune in jewels missing. Dot’s headline-making murder grips the city. It also draws a clutch of lovers, parasites, and justice seekers into one of the city’s most mesmerizing mysteries.

Among them: Daily News crime reporter Julia Harpman, chasing the story while navigating a male-dominated industry; righteous NYPD detective John D. Coughlin, struggling against city corruption; and Ella Bradford, the victim’s Harlem maid, closest confidante, and keeper of secrets. Adding fuel to the already volatile crime: a politically connected Philadelphia socialite, an Atlantic City bootlegger, Dot’s dicey gigolo lover, a sultry Broadway dancer, and a cagey sugar daddy guarding secrets of his own.

From Broadway’s glittering lights to its sordid underbelly to the machinations of the country’s most powerful men, Julia embarks on a quest for justice. What she discovers, twist after breathtaking twist, might be even more nefarious than murder.

This book was published on August 1, 2023 by Thomas & Mercer.

Fun fact: Sara DiVello hired a psychic who works with law enforcement!

Another fun fact: The term "sugar daddy" is in our vernacular because of THIS CASE!

About the speakers

Sara DiVello is a true crime writer and the creator/host of Mystery and Thriller Mavens, a popular author series and interactive Facebook group. For her weekly Mystery and Thriller Mavens live events, she has interviewed more than 300 authors, ranging from the bestselling and world-renowned to the buzziest debuts. DiVello also serves as the director of social media strategy for the International Thriller Writers association, and on the board of the Friends of the South End Library.

Her articles have been published in Marie Claire, Elle, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Woman’s Day, among others. In her spare time, she loves to teach yoga, cook (and eat!), garden, and go for leisurely walks with her husband and their beloved rescue mutt, Pelu.

Laura Zigman is the author of six novels, including Small World, Separation Anxiety (which was optioned by Julianne Nicholson and the production company Wiip (Mare of Easttown) for a limited television series); Animal Husbandry (which was made into the movie Someone Like You, starring Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd), Dating Big Bird, Her, and Piece of Work. She has ghostwritten/collaborated on several works of non-fiction, including Eddie Izzard's New York Times bestseller, Believe Me; been a contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post; produced a popular online series of animated videos called Annoying Conversations; and was the recipient of a Yaddo residency. She lives in Cambridge, MA, where she helps clients via Zoom, phone, and sometimes in person with their writing. She is also at work on a new novel.

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