TRUE CRIME MONTH At Seaside Public Library

Wanted: Gentleman Bank RobberSEASIDE LIBRARY will hosts Dane Batty author of WANTED: Gentleman Bank Robber, on Thursday,  Aug 4, 7pm. The event will take place in the Community Room and kicks off the first of authors for true crime month.

Author Dane Batty provides readers with a seldom seen look behind the scenes of the life of an expert bank robber.  He gives voice to his uncle, Leslie Rogge, who was once one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and featured on the television show America’s Most Wanted, robbing nearly 30 banks and stealing over $2 million dollars.  The chase lasted over 20 years, with three escapes, a sailing trip around the Caribbean, and adventures from Alaska to Antigua.  But it all came to a halt when a 14 year old in Guatemala forced him to turn himself in.

Author Dane Batty resides in Oregon and still finds time to visit his uncle who now lives out his prison sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Beaumont Texas.

Dancing with the DevilAuthor Neil Hirschfeld
Seaside Library will host Neil Hirschfeld, author of Dancing with the Devil, second in the true crime series, on Thursday, August 18, 7pm. “Dancing with the Devil” tells the story of Louis Diaz, a tough guy growing up in Brooklyn, who had a brute of a father and early exposure to mob violence and crime.  Diaz put his childhood skills to good use and instead of becoming a bad guy; he joined federal law enforcement and went to work catching them.  He made headlines with his takedown of drug kingpin Nicky Barnes, worked to bust members of the Medellin cartel, and ended up in Bolivia leading raids on cocaine labs.

Hirschfeld co-authors the book and is a former reporter from Portland, who is an experienced writer in the true crime genre.

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ALSO at Seaside Library
Big Book Sale
Beginning Friday August 26, and running through Saturday September 10, the Friends of the Seaside Library will host their largest book sale in history.  The sale takes place in the Community Room and foyer and will be open during library hours.

The library have been collecting items, from generous patrons, over the past few months, and there will be well over 1000 titles.  Everything from Tom Clancy to Robin Cook, and Kitchen Makeovers to travel books about Acapulco will be available at unbelievable prices.