"Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Allen made national headlines
at just 19 years old for his role in the Transylvania Book Heist, an
unbelievable, audacious theft of museum quality books that took place in broad
daylight. The heist was famously listed
among the F.B.I.’s all-time most significant art theft cases, and launched the
four college students behind the sting into national news as they attempted to
steal first edition books and paintings valued at over twelve million dollars,
from the Transylvania University library. Among the items stolen were John
James Audubon’s “Birds of American Collection” and Charles Darwin’s “On the
Origin of Species.” The four men (including Allen), were eventually caught and
sentenced to seven years in federal prison.
Upon release from prison at just 26 years old (2011), Allen was
propelled back into the real world with a new outlook on life, and a
determination to become a voice for people who are lost, and encourage them to
come back to the straight and narrow. " - Official Bio
Author Chas Allen (Mr. Pink: The Inside Story of the Transylvania Book Heist) will talk about his fascinating life story, the film it inspired (American Animals) and his latest book, Evolution: Becoming a Criminal.