The tenth anniversary edition of the Winterset in Summer Literary Festival took place August 12-14 in Eastport, Newfoundland and Labrador. CBC host Mack Furlong was there, covering the event for his show Weekend Arts Magazine. Throughout the festival, WAM broadcast live from the Beaches Heritage Centre. Mack asked everyone he spoke to — authors, activists, musicians and more — about their favourite recent read.
One of the people Mack interviewed was Michael Enright. Michael has been the host of the Winterset in Summer Festival since its inception in 2002. When he's not hosting literary festivals, Enright can be found hosting CBC's The Sunday Edition every week, a position he has held since September 2000.
When Mack asked Michael Enright to recommend a favourite recent read, he chose The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins. Here's what he had to say:
"I finished a book called The Murder of the Century, which is about a murder in New York in the 1890s. Various parts of this man kept turning up in the East River. But the backdrop to it is the fight between Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. Pulitzer owned The World and Hearst owned The Journal, and it's about the invention of yellow journalism and how the reporters dealt with this awful crime. It is, I hate to say, hilarious. Just one little anecdote: the name of the morgue keeper, who was the first witness to testify at the trial, was Isaac Newton."
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The Murder of the Century
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"On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discover a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumble upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime are turning up all over New York, but the police are baffled: There are no witnesses, no motives, no suspects.
The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives
headlong into the era's most baffling murder mystery. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Reenactments of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell's Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio-a hard-luck cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor all raced to solve the crime.
What emerged was a sensational love triangle and an even more sensational trial: an unprecedented capital case hinging on circumstantial evidence around a victim whom the police couldn't identify with certainty, and who the defense claimed wasn't even dead. The Murder of the Century is a rollicking tale-a rich evocation of America during the Gilded Age and a colorful re-creation of the tabloid wars that have dominated media to this day."
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