“Icarus in Heels and Fur” Launch Party

Another way to celebrate Black History Month: Make it to the launch party for Scott Henson’s “Icarus in Heels and Fur,” a murder mystery he describes as a “stand-alone East Austin micro-history zine.” Known as a writer and researcher on criminal justice, Henson is also the former head of the Innocence Project of Texas, and the author of the Grits for Breakfast blog. Here he tells the story of the “petite but ruthless” Vera Barton, the richest Black woman in post-World War II Austin and proprietress of a nightclub empire centered around what was, for generations, the heart of the Black East Side’s party district – 12th and Chicon. Henson writes that the story climaxes “in a sordid unsolved murder, leaving Vera’s young lover on trial for his life!” – Brant Bingamon
Past date: Thu., Feb. 22
Future Front, 1900 E. 12th
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