Event date: 
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572


In conversation with Alexis Coe.

FREE. Registration required.


Author and filmmaker, Alex Mar (The Witches of America) will talk about her masterful new revelatory work of literary non-fiction about a teenage girl’s shocking crime—and its extraordinary aftermath with author Alexis Coe.

Alex MarSeventy Times Seven: A True Story of Murder and Mercy by Alex MarAlexis Coe
In Seventy Times Seven, Alex Mar weaves an unforgettable narrative of an act of violence and its aftermath. This is a story about the will to live—to survive, to grow, to change—and about what we are willing to accept as justice. Tirelessly researched and told with intimacy and precision, this book brings a haunting chapter in the history of our criminal justice system to astonishing life.


Alex Mar is a writer based in New York City. Her first book, Witches of America, was a New York Times Notable Book in non-fiction, a New York Times Editors’ Pick; among The Millions’ “Most Anticipated Books” of 2015, The Believer‘s “Favorite Books” of 2015, and Huffington Post Books’ “Most Notable” of the year; as well as a Marie Claire “Top Book-Club Pick.” Some of her recent work has appeared in The Believer, Wired, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Elle, Tin House, and The Oxford American (where she is a contributing editor). She was nominated for a 2018 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, and her essays were included in both Longreads’ and BuzzFeed’s “Best of 2016” year-end lists. She is also the director of the feature-length documentary American Mystic, now streaming on Amazon Video. Mar is currently at work on her second non-fiction book, for Penguin Press.

Alexis Coe is an award-winning historian and New York Times Bestselling Author of You Never Forget Your First and Alice+Freda Forever (which will soon be a major motion picture). She appears in and was a Consulting Producer on the History Channel's Washington Executive Produced by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Alexis is the host of No Man's Land, The Wing's podcast on women's history, and co-hosted Presidents are People Too! from Audible. Alexis has contributed to the New Yorker, New York Times, Atlantic, Slate, the Paris Review Daily, the Guardian, and many others. Her work has appeared in various editions of Best American Essays. She holds a graduate degree in American history and was a research curator at the NYPL.

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You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington By Alexis Coe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224117
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - February 2nd, 2021