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Shelf Talking Episode 19 – Codes and Capone (03/19/2019)

Psst. Do you know the password for today’s gangster-, spy-, and code-filled SHELF TALKING? Blink once for no, twice for yes….

Recorded live at Literati:
–Jason Fagone chronicles the life of cryptology pioneer Elizebeth Friedman in his book The Woman Who Smashed Codes.
–A. Brad Schwartz reveals the true story of Al Capone and Eliot Ness in Scarface and the Untouchable, co-authored with Max Allan Collins. 
–Chicago poet Susanna Lang shares some jazzy, Capone-inspired verse from her latest collection Travel Notes from the River Styx.


Shelf Talking is produced by Mike and Hilary Gustafson with John Ganiard, Matthew Flores, and Sam Krowchenko
Our theme songs are “Orange and Red” and "Bonhomie" by Pity Sex (2016, Run for Cover Records)

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The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062430519
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dey Street Books - August 28th, 2018

Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062441942
Availability: Special Order
Published: William Morrow - August 14th, 2018

Travel Notes from the River Styx Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998215907
Availability: In Stock at Publisher - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Terrapin Books - May 26th, 2017