Author Visit: Chas Allen, Mr. Pink: The Inside Story of the Transylvania Book Heist

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Riverpark Center
The Jody Berry Theatre

Event Details

"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. 


Event Type(s): Book Discussion
Wesley Johnson