Havana Nocturne Author Speaks at The Mob Museum, August 8

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On Saturday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m., The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will host an Author Talk with T.J. English. English will discuss his New York Times best-selling book, “Havana Nocturne,” and will be on hand to sign books following the presentation.

In “Havana Nocturne,” English tells the compelling backstory behind the world of mobsters such as Meyer Lansky and Charles “Lucky” Luciano, when Cuba was the great hope for the future of American organized crime in the post-Prohibition years.

He will share stories from his book about the relationship and balance of power between the Mob and the corrupt, repressive government of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. That relationship—with Batista in the Mob’s pocket—launched an unprecedented tourism boom of lavish entertainment and gambling in Havana, English says. The boom ended with Fidel Castro and the uprising of Cuba’s disenfranchised citizens against Batista and his foreign partners.

English, a former taxi driver turned journalist, is the best-selling author of seven nonfiction books, including “Havana Nocturne” and “The Savage City,” both in development for possible television or movie production. He also has written several episodes for television crime dramas and has had articles published in national magazines including Vanity Fair and Esquire. English’s latest book, “Where the Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World that Made Him,” is to be published in September 2015.

This event follows the Museum’s annual Hot Havana Nights celebration, which takes place Thursday, August 6, from 6 to 10 p.m., when guests will enjoy delectable cuisine, the sounds of the nine-piece Cuban-American Jazz band Rumbantela and dances such as the Tango and Conga. Classic casino games including roulette, craps and baccarat will be available, as will tropical cocktails and a cigar bar. Hot Havana Nights is sponsored by Johnson Brothers of Nevada and presented in collaboration with the Cuban Heritage Foundation.

This Author Talk with T.J. English is free with Museum admission and free for members. To make reservations, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit

The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 885 artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2015” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Las Vegas’ Best New Attractions for 2012” by Travel + Leisure magazine, “9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas” by CNNgo, a finalist for the “Best Wider World Project Award,” by the British Guild of Travel Writers and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $21.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, September through June; in July and August, hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook:, on Twitter: @TheMobMuseum and subscribe to the Museum’s Mobcast here.

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