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Helene Stapinski Presents MURDER IN MATERA

    03/20/2018 - 7:30pm

    This event takes place in our Jersey City store.

    Helene Stapinski goes deep into the heart of Italy to unravel a century-old family mystery in this spellbinding memoir that blends the suspenseful twists of Making a Murderer and the emotional insight of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels.

    Since childhood, Helene heard lurid tales about her great-great-grandmother, Vita. In Southern Italy, she was a loose woman who had murdered someone. Immigrating to America with three children, she lost one along the way. Helene’s youthful obsession with Vita deepened as she grew up, eventually propelling the journalist to Italy, where, with her own children in tow, she pursued the story, determined to set the record straight.

    Yes, the family tales she’d heard were true: There had been a murder in Helene’s family, a killing that roiled 1870s Italy. But the identities of the killer and victim weren’t who she thought they were. In revisiting events that happened more than a century before, Helene came to another stunning realization—she wasn’t who she thought she was, either.

    Weaving Helene’s own story of discovery with the tragic tale of Vita’s life, Murder in Matera is a literary whodunit and a moving tale of self-discovery that brings into focus a long ago tragedy in a little-known region remarkable for its stunning sunny beauty and dark buried secrets.


    Helene Stapinski is the author of Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History, which recounts her family’s criminal history, and Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair, with Music, which chronicles her years playing drums in a rock band in Manhattan. She has written extensively for the New York Times as well as for New York magazine,Salon, Travel & Leisure, and dozens of other publications and essay collections. On the documentary based on Five-Finger Discount, she has worked as a producer and writer. Stapinski has been a radio newscaster in Alaska; has appeared on National Public Radio; was a featured performer with The Moth; has lectured at her alma mater, Columbia University; and has taught at Fordham University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

    This event takes place in our Jersey City location. Entrance is a $5 voucher which can be purchased in advance online or at the door. The $5 voucher can be used towards anything in the store, including Murder in Matera! Please note that if a copy of Murder in Matera is purchased at the event, there is no need to purchase a voucher as well. 


    Murder In Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780062438492
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Dey Street Books - March 20th, 2018

    “A murder mystery, a model of investigative reporting, a celebration of the fierce bonds that hold families together through tragedies…Murder in Matera is a gem.” San Francisco Chronicle

    "Tantalizing" NPR

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    $5 admission to see Helene Stapinski on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at WORD Bookstores in Jersey City. Your $5 voucher can be used towards anything in store, including Murder In Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy.