Book Reading and Signing: The Lost Tribe of Coney Island with Author Claire Prentice

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Book Reading and Signing: The Lost Tribe of Coney Island with Author Claire Prentice

Author Claire Prentice will read from her new book THE LOST TRIBE OF CONEY ISLAND in the Coney Island Museum. Q & A after the reading, followed by a book signing downstairs in the Freak Bar/Giftshop!

Included with Admission to the Coney Island Museum. Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors, Kids (under 12) and residents of  Zip Code 11224. Free for Members of Coney Island USA.

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island uncovers the incredible, true story of the Igorrotes, a tribe from the Northern Philippines, 50 of whom were taken to Coney Island in 1905 and put on display amongst the fairground rides and freak shows. The Igorrotes were visited by millions of ordinary Americans, together with anthropologists, Broadway stars and even the daughter of the President. The tribesmen, women and children, who were billed as "headhunting, dog-eating savages" by their manager Truman Hunt, quickly became the talk of the nation. They inspired poems, cartoons, advertising slogans and children’s toys. They were written about in newspapers coast to coast. As the summer ends, the story turns darker, and the Igorrotes find themselves caught up in a game of cat-and-mouse involving their unscrupulous manager, agents of the US Government and Pinkerton Detectives.

Claire Prentice is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Times of London, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, the BBC, PRI, The Smithsonian Magazine, and Marie Claire. The Lost Tribe of Coney Island is her first book.

Dates: 
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 1:00pm
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