Join us as we celebrate the launch of Details Are Unprintable: Wayne Lonergan and the Sensational Café Society Murder (Lyons Press), featuring a conversation hosted by Terry MacLeod.
In the early hours of October 24, 1943, 22-year-old Patricia Burton Lonergan from a wealthy New York family was murdered at her residence on in the upscale Manhattan neighbourhood of Turtle Bay-Beekman Place. Her estranged husband, Wayne Lonergan, a 26-year-old Canadian from Toronto was charged with the crime. He was ultimately convicted in a sensational trial that for a time pushed the Second World War off the front pages of New York City’s newspapers.
Details are Unprintable traces the story of Patricia and Wayne’s turbulent lives—a story that is set against New York City’s ostentatious café society night club culture and examines the era’s intolerant and fear-mongering attitudes about homosexuality, which contributed to the harsh portrayal of Lonergan in the press.
Allan Levine is an award-winning author and historian based in Winnipeg. He has written sixteen books including Toronto: Biography of City; King: William Lyon Mackenzie King: A Life Guided by the Hand of Destiny, which won the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction; and Coming of Age: A History of the Jewish People of Manitoba, which won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. His most recent book, Seeking the Fabled City: The Canadian Jewish Experience, was published in October 2018 and was longlisted for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize.
Host Terry MacLeod is an independent Emmy-nominated journalist, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient, and former CBC Radio and TV host, presenter and producer. He is currently the host and producer of the soon-to-be-released podcast Prairie Design Lab with the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba.