Thursday, July 26, 2018

Victoria Kelly brings Bess Houdini to Baltimore

Victoria Kelly, author of the novel Mrs. Houdini, will give a talk about Bess Houdini at The Jewish Museum of Maryland this Sunday, July 29 at 1:00 pm.

Mrs. Houdini: The Woman Behind the Magician
Sunday, July 29th at 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Speaker: Victoria Kelly, author of Mrs. Houdini

The legacy of Harry Houdini has captivated millions of people, but his wife has remained mostly in the shadows. Bess Houdini, in assistant in Harry’s earliest performances, was responsible for much of the magician’s success, and the two were rarely apart. What Bess Houdini became most known for were her extensive attempts to contact Harry after his death in 1926.

Author and poet Victoria Kelly’s novel Mrs. Houdini draws on true historical details to recreate a portrait of one of history’s greatest love stories. She also uses fictional details to explore the mystery behind Bess Houdini’s seances following Harry’s death. History and fiction interact in surprising turns that weave through the early days of the twentieth century and the dazzling 1920s. The book has been called “a marvel” (Associated Press), “mesmerizing” (People) and “enchanting” (Shelf Awareness).
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The Jewish Museum of Maryland's exhibition Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini runs through January 21, 2019. For more information and a full list of events (including my own talk on Nov. 4), visit their website.


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