King of Confidence

Thursday, Mar 10, 2022

7:00pm – 8:15pm

This lecture with author Miles Harvey tells the true and riveting story of the most infamous American con man you’ve never heard of: James Strang, self-proclaimed divine king of earth, heaven, and Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. Harvey’s new novel, “The King of Confidence,” will be the focus of this fascinating presentation.

In the summer of 1843, James Strang, a charismatic young lawyer and avowed atheist, vanished from a rural town in New York. Months later he reappeared on the Midwestern frontier and converted to a burgeoning religious movement known as Mormonism. Following the murder of church founder Joseph Smith, Strang unveiled a letter purportedly from the prophet naming him successor. He then persuaded hundreds of fellow converts to follow him to Beaver Island in northernmost Lake Michigan, where he declared himself a divine king.

Registration is required for this online lecture. A Zoom link will be emailed to all participants.
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Miles Harvey is the author of the national and international bestseller The Island of Lost Maps and the recipient of a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan. His book Painter in a Savage Land was named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year and a Booklist Editors’ Choice. He teaches creative writing at DePaul University in Chicago, where he is a founding editor of Big Shoulders Books and director of the DePaul Publishing Institute.

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Event Location

Zoom

Event Fees

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$ 10.00
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