Daily Archive for January 20th, 2010

Amelia Klem Osterud Reads From The Tattooed Lady: A History

Feb ’10
7:00 pm


Amelia Klem Osterud is an academic librari¬an from Milwaukee who is working diligently on becoming heavily tattooed. Osterud has a master’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and writes and lectures on the subject of tattooing. She is the author of “A Life of Her Own Choosing: Artoria Gibbons’ Fifty Years as a Tattooed Lady,” published in the Wisconsin Magazine of History. This is her first book.
“Tattooed ladies were a part of forgotten American history, often dismissed in print as second-rate circus freaks or as monstrous, yet sexy anomalies,” explains author Amelia Klem Osterud.
There is shockingly little documentation recounting the women (and men) who launched the cultural movement of tattooing. Publicity photos show up in general tattooing books, but the real stories behind these sideshow marvels remain a mystery, until now.

The first book of its kind, The Tattooed Lady explores the duality of life on- and offstage for these gutsy women. Through photographs, interviews, work histories, and newspaper articles, women such as Artoria Gibbons, Nora Hildebrandt, and Irene Woodward are fully fleshed out, allowing us a greater understanding of why they got tattooed, the rewards and regrets that came along with that career path, and the women behind their onstage, larger-than-life persona.

Visit Amelia Klem Osterud’s author blog at www.tattooedladyhistory.vox.com . For more info: www.fulcrumbooks.com

Troy Taylor Presents The Murder & Mayhem in Chicago Series

Feb ’10
7:00 pm

From the North Side to the South, and from Downtown to the outer edge of the West Side, every Chicago neighborhood has at some point been home to violence, gang influence, and corruption. Local Author Troy Taylor airs all of Chicago’s dirty laundry in this five-part series, chronicling the infamous destruction of the Great Chicago Fire, the most shocking crimes of the 1800s and the rise of the mafia during Prohibition leading to Al Capone’s eventual domination in the Windy City’s underworld. Discover the notorious capers, cons and killings that terrorized a city, and unearth the brutes, bank robbers and burlesque dancers that history could never forget as the Murder & Mayhem in Chicago series exposes the Second City’s darkest sins and dirtiest secrets.

Troy Taylor is the author of more than sixty books on history, crime, mystery and the supernatural in America. He was born and raised in Illinois and currently resides in Chicago.

For more info, go to www.historypress.net