THE KING OF SKID ROW event at the Hennepin History Museum with James Eli Shiffer
Nov 13, 2016
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
|Where||Hennepin History Museum, 2303 3rd Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55404|
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James Eli Shiffer brings to life the eccentric characters and strange events of the Gateway District, the oldest quarter of Minneapolis. Following John Bacich, who documented the gritty neighborhood’s last days, The King of Skid Row recreates the violent, alcohol-soaked history of a city best known for its clean, progressive self-image.
"The King of Skid Row brings to boozy life the alcohol-sodden, corruption-filled era when Minneapolis’ lost Gateway District harbored flop houses, slop joints, cage hotels, brothels, and raunchy speakeasies filled with B-girls and ‘gandy-dancers.’ Exceptionally literate, relentlessly humane, Shiffer peels back the veil from a dark and often violent past that, until now, had been literally paved over and believed forgotten. The King of Skid Row is a deft book that stirs together memoir, mystery, and history with the heartbreaking drama of how a city treats its most despondent and destitute. Moving and fascinating." —Paul Maccabee, author of John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crook’s Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul