Join us for a Facebook Live stream with David Hill, author of The Vapors, on Thursday, September 17th at 6:00 p.m. The Vapors was recently chosen by the New York Times Book Review as a summer reading pick and follows the rise and fall of Hot Springs, Arkansas from the 1930s to the 1960s. To watch, visit our Facebook page at the scheduled time for the live stream: https://www.facebook.com/FayettevillePublicLibrary/

Summary of The Vapors:

Gangsters, gamblers, and gamines: all once flocked to America’s forgotten capital of vice, a place where small-town hustlers and bigtime high-rollers could make their fortunes, and hide from the law. The Vapors is the extraordinary story of three individuals—spanning the golden decades of Hot Springs, from the 1930s through the 1960s—and the lavish casino whose spectacular rise and fall would bring them together before blowing them apart. 

About David Hill:

David Hill is originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he was raised in a family of carnies, gamblers, hell-raisers and story-tellers. He spent over a decade traveling the United States and Canada as a union organizer before settling down in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and three children.

David was a regular contributor to Grantland and a writer for the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. His work has been featured on This American Life, in New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, McSweeneys, and in various other publications in print and across the internet.

His column "Fading the Vig: A Gambler's Guide to Life" was selected in several Best Of The Year lists including Slate and Longreads. His feature “In the Pit With the Fighting Rooster” received the Sidney Award for Outstanding Journalism from the Hillman Foundation. He is the Vice President of the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981.