Noted author of Houdini book to speak

The author of “The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini,” which is listed as the “#1 New Release” in Amazon’s Magic and Illusion category, is to speak Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 at Jewish Museum Milwaukee.

New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski is a former senior columnist for Sports Illustrated, and a current national columnist for NBC sports. The Charlotte, North Carolina resident is the author of four books.

The event is 5:30-7 p.m. at the museum, which is a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Admission is $9 or for museum members, $6. The fee includes admission to the museum and one “Broken Wand” cocktail. Book sales and signing to follow the lecture.

The event is offered in connection with Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini,” an exhibit on display at the museum through Jan. 5, 2020.

The book is about a man and his extraordinary life, but it is also about the people who he has inspired in death, according to promotional material for the book. As Posnanski delves into the deepest corners of Houdini-land, visiting museums (one owned by David Copperfield), attractions, and private archives, he encounters a cast of characters.

“Enthralling,” is how the Times of London describes the book. “This is a first-class book, a subtle stretching of the biographical form that is also superbly readable.”

Joe Posnanski

The “The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini” hardcover was published in October of 2019.