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The Real Lolita

Ecco Publishing
Sally Horner

Behind Vladimir Nabokov's brilliant and disturbing novel Lolita is a true story of a girl who was kidnapped and abused by a middle-aged man. Journalist Sarah Weinman's book is about The Real Lolita.

RadioWest divider.

When journalist Sarah Weinman first read Nobokov’s infamous novel Lolita, she was of course disturbed by the story of a 12-year-old girl kidnapped and abused by a middle-aged sexual predator. But she was also in awe of his brilliant prose. Years later Weinman learned of Sally Horner, a girl whose real-life case eerily paralleled Nobokov’s fiction. Weinman tells Horner’s story, and asks how this true crime inspired Nobokov. She joins us to talk about The Real Lolita. (Rebroadcast)

Sarah Weinman is a journalist and a crime fiction authority. Her new book is called The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World. [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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