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Town Hall Seattle: Arts & Culture Series

Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series elevates the voices of local artists while bringing world-renowned cultural icons to Seattle audiences. The series celebrates music, photography, sculpture, philosophy, heritage, and traditions around the world that enrich our lives.

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Jul 3, 2019

It is January, 1942, and torrential rainstorms in L.A. unearth a body in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job—but they’re grievously wrong. Lauded writer James Ellroy arrived on the rain-slick streets of Seattle to present his latest noir thriller This Storm on Town Hall’s stage. He offered us commentary on his timely novel, chronicling rising fascism and xenophobia at a critical turning point in World War II.

Through his refined and haunting style, Ellroy introduced us to a world of characters mirroring the dark side of humanity—a corrupt Vice cop, flesh peddler, and bagman for the L.A. Chief of Police; a crime-lab whiz caught up in the maelstrom of the Japanese internment; a rogue LAPD hardnose working Army Intelligence; a defrocked Navy lieutenant who’s also a war profiteer to her core. Join Ellroy for a look at his new novel depicting a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand-new war.

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy: American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s A Rover, and the L.A. Quartet novels: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L. A. Confidential, and White Jazz.

Recorded live in the Forum at Town Hall Seattle on June 19, 2019.