Sarah Weinman

Sarah Weinman

Sarah Weinman is the editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives. She covers book publishing for Publishers Marketplace, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the National Post (where she was the “Crimewave” columnist), Maclean’s, and Hazlitt. Her Hazlitt features have twice been nominated for National Magazine Awards. A native of Ottawa and a graduate of McGill University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s forensic science graduate program, Weinman lives in Brooklyn. Website: Twitter: @sarahw.

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  • “A tantalizing, entertaining true-life detective and literary story whose roots were hidden deep in a novel that has perplexed and challenged readers for decades” – In Kirkus Reviews
  • “Drawing from interviews with relatives of those involved, Nabokov’s personal documents, and court reporting from La Salle’s trial, Weinman tells Sally’s tragic story as it has never been told before” – In Publishers Weekly

Articles and Interviews:

  • “The whole truth of Sally Horner is outside the bounds of memory and research and imagination; so, too, is her immortality” – In Vanity Fair
  • “Nabokov never admitted to Sally’s role in the “Lolita” backstory. But he did tuck a tribute into its pages” – In the New York Post

Social Media:


The Real Lolita

<p class="Bodydin79"><span lang="EN-US">Vladimir Nabokov’s <i>Lolita</i> is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time. Yet very few of its readers know that the novel owes a large debt to a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner by a man who made her play the role of his daughter for two long years until her rescue. Sally’s story mirrors the experiences of countless girls and women who have never had the chance to speak for themselves. By restoring Sally to her rightful place, drawing on court documents, public records, and extensive interviews with surviving relatives, <i>The Real Lolita</i> casts a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic.</span></p>
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All events with Sarah Weinman

12 PM
Tasty Bites: Iain Reid and Sarah Weinman
Oct 12 @ 12 PM MT - 12:50 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2nd Street SW
7 PM
Friday Night Showcase: True Crime and Suspense
Oct 12 @ 7 PM MT - 8:30 PM MT

DJD Dance Centre

111 12 Ave SE
2 PM
Tea and Sustenance: Sarah Weinman
Oct 13 @ 2 PM MT - 3 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon

1221 2 St SW