Literary Lunch Break: Stephen Kurkjian

The Boston Literary District hates to see you eating alone at your desk. That’s why we’re putting on Literary Lunch Break! Come hear eight of Boston’s best authors speak, sign, and shmooze about their latest books right under South Station’s Destination Board. The roster includes three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Kurkjian, veteran journalist Dick Lehr, Omni Parker House historian Susan Wilson, and pediatrician and musician Lisa Wong. 

Stephen Kurkjian 
Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist 

Two men disguised as Boston police officers trick their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum after midnight, tie up two night watchmen, and make off with an estimated half billion dollars worth of artwork, including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Degas. You can’t make this stuff up. And, as you well know, no one did. It happened. Now, 25 years after the robbery, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Kurkjian, the principal reporter on the case for The Boston Globe for years, writes about it in his new book, Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist. By all accounts,Master Thieves is a sleuthing masterpiece. One review says the book is “a Goodfellas/The Departed double feature” in which “Kurkjian constructs a thrilling narrative.” Other reviews call it, by turns, “engrossing,” “gripping” and “revelatory.” The Washington Post says Master Thieves may even “hasten the missing works’ return.” Come hear Kurkjian talk about the details that may very well crack the case — details that the FBI has refused to discuss.

Coming Up:

Michael Blanding 
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps 
June 12 

Susan Wilson 
Omni Parker House: "Heaven, By Hotel Standards" 
June 19