The Evanston Public Library is starting a brand-new True Crime Book Club monthly on Tuesday evenings with the first meeting on Feb. 23. The new group is for adults interested in true crime books, TV shows, podcasts, and documentaries or fascinated by real-life accounts of heists, homicides, corporate crime, kidnappings, cults, and more.
True crime has ballooned in popularity over recent years, with people across the nation tuning in to podcasts like “My Favorite Murder” or “Serial.” On streaming platforms as well, series like “Making a Murderer,” “Mindhunter,” “The Jinx,” and “Tiger King” have captured the attention of millions. There has never been a better time to be a true crime fan.
EPL Librarian Katy Jacob, who is starting the True Crime Book Club, says she has always had an interest in true crime especially from shows like Criminal Minds and Law & Order and that she really dove into studying cults and true crime after reading Leah Remini’s book “Troublemaker” about her experience with Scientology. She adds, “Books will be chosen to represent diverse authors and topics, so the hope is that readers will enjoy books they may never have picked up on their own.”
The first meeting, on February 23, will focus on “Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History” by Tori Telfer, an exploration of brutal crimes of women largely forgotten by history. These figures are too often eclipsed by their male counterparts, but they are just as cunning, cruel, and interesting. Readers will learn about how their legacies have been affected by sexist clichés and stereotyping over the years.
At the next meeting, on March 23, the group will discuss “Without a Prayer” by Susan Ashline, a story about a religious cult and the horrors lurking unseen in a sleepy upstate New York community. Then, on April 27, members will dive into “The Woman Who Stole Vermeer” by Anthony M. Amore, the true story of an upper class Irish revolutionary who became the first woman to pull off a major art heist.
Registration for all events is online. Selections for each meeting will be always be available on-demand with no wait digitally through Hoopla.