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City of Scoundrels is on NPR's "All Things Considered"

Hear the Podcast Here

City of Scoundrels makes the New York Times Bestseller List

The book is #35 on the Hardcover Nonfiction List of May 6

New Narrative Nonfiction Book, Empire of Sin, Under Contract

Gary Krist's EMPIRE OF SIN: Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Rise of Modern New Orleans, a narrative history of a thirty-year war between the Crescent City's wealthy elite and its "other half" of prostitutes, jazz musicians, and underworld criminals, to Sean Desmond at Crown, by Eric Simonoff of William Morris Endeavor (world).

City of Scoundrels to be Published April 17, 2012

Hardcover, E-book, and Audiobook versions to appear simultaneously.

New Narrative Nonfiction Book, City of Scoundrels, Under Contract

From the Announcement in Publishers Lunch:

Author of The White Cascade Gary Krist's AMERICAN COLOSSUS: An Epic of Chicago [Title change to CITY OF SCOUNDRELS], a narrative history of twelve extraordinary days in the life of Chicago in the summer of 1919, the events of which -- an aviation disaster, a race riot, a crippling transit strike, and a sensational kidnapping-- helped define the city's identity at a critical moment in its evolution, to Rachel Klayman at Crown, in a significant deal, at auction, by Eric Simonoff of Janklow & Nesbit (world).

The Paperback of The White Cascade appears

Published by Holt on January 22, 2008

The German Translation of Extravagance appears

Der Duft Des Geldes appears from Fischer Verlag in October 2007

The Washington Post Style Section features The White Cascade

The article is by Bob Thompson. with photos of the author by Bill O'Leary.
Read the profile here

The New York Times, The L.A. Times, USA Today, and
The Washington Post review The White Cascade

"Mr. Krist does wonders," says William Grimes in the NYTimes. "A gripping man-vs-nature narrative," says Don Oldenburg of USA Today. Mark. S. Luce in the LATimes says the book is written "with verve, humanity, and purpose...The results couldn't be more pleasing." And David Laskin in the Post writes: "An engrossing disaster narrative...[Krist] deeply and delicately probes the moral complexities."
Read these and other reviews here

More Reviews from The Sunday New York Times Book Review,
The Seattle Times, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The White Cascade has "complexity and relevance," writes Louise Jarvis Flynn in the NYTBR. "Gripping," says Bob Simmons in the Seattle Times, "Gary Krist has written what is surely the most complete and authoritative account." Bruce Adomeit in the Star Tribune calls it "a suspenseful, compelling tale." And John Marshall in the Seattle P-I says, "The 1910 Wellington train disaster has finally found its masterful chronicler...a compelling read for national fans of disaster epics and an important contribution to this state's historical literature."
Read these and other reviews here

Still More Reviews from Entertainment Weekly, The San Diego
Union-Tribune, The Portland Oregonian, and Trains

"A gripping tale," says EW. "The White Cascade is hard to put down," says B.T. Shaw
in The Oregonian. Kelly Murphy in the Union-Tribune praises the book's "rich, fleshed-out
characters." And Kathi Kube in TRAINS calls the book "a stunning piece of
literary journalism."
Read these and other reviews here

Five Best Disaster Books
published in The Wall Street Journal

A roundup of five of the best, most vivid depictions of natural disasters by authors like
David McCullough, Nathaniel Philbrick, Erik Larson, Simon Winchester, and...uh, God.
Read the review here

Chaos Theory Optioned for Film

The novel was optioned for an independent feature by Big Picture Films.

The White Cascade named a
March 2007 BookSense Notable Book

BookSense is a nationwide association of independent bookstores and their websites.

Nonfiction Book To Appear

The White Cascade

The Great Northern Railway Disaster
and America's Deadliest Avalanche

Narrative nonfiction about the 1910 Wellington Avalanche Disaster
to be published by Henry Holt in February 2007


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