Elon Green at Harvard Book Store


Last Call:
A True Story of Love, Lust,
and Murder in Queer New York

in conversation with MARGARET WILLISON


June 3, 2022
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes ELON GREEN—writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker—for a discussion of his book Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York. He will be joined by MARGARET WILLISON—runner of pop culture newsletter Two Bossy Dames.

A Return to In-Person Events

Harvard Book Store is excited to re-introduce in-person programming this season, beginning this March. To ensure the safety and comfort of everyone in attendance, the following Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place at all of our Harvard Book Store events until further notice:

  • Face coverings are required of all staff and attendees when inside the store. Masks must snugly cover nose and mouth.

About Last Call

The Townhouse Bar, midtown, July 1992: The piano player seems to know every song ever written, the crowd belts out the lyrics to their favorites, and a man standing nearby is drinking a Scotch and water. The man strikes the piano player as forgettable.

He looks bland and inconspicuous. Not at all what you think a serial killer looks like. But that’s what he is, and tonight, he has his sights set on a gray haired man. He will not be his first victim.

Nor will he be his last.

The Last Call Killer preyed upon gay men in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s and had all the hallmarks of the most notorious serial killers. Yet because of the sexuality of his victims, the skyhigh murder rates, and the AIDS epidemic, his murders have been almost entirely forgotten.

This gripping true-crime narrative tells the story of the Last Call Killer and the decades-long chase to find him. And at the same time, it paints a portrait of his victims and a vibrant community navigating threat and resilience.

Praise for Last Call

"Last Call, Elon Green's riveting true-crime thriller, works so vividly, so persuasively, that you feel as if Green was there through it all. He wasn't, to be sure, but his incisively detailed reportage will have you feeling that you are there too, to witness, with unnerving intimacy, a story as heartbreaking as it is harrowing." —Benjamin Dreyer, New York Times bestselling author of Dreyer's English

"Last Call is a great read, rich in history, humanity, and suspense. I couldn't put it down." —Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author

"Last Call, Elon Green's stunner of a debut, scaffolds the gripping hunt for a serial killer over a heartfelt elegy to the lost lives of the murdered men, of a community ravaged by AIDS, and of a city in perpetual ruin and revival. This is a book I will reread again and again and find new and astonishing insights every time." —Sarah Weinman, award-winning author of The Real Lolita

Elon Green
Elon Green

Elon Green

Elon Green is the author of Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. His work appears in the true crime anthology Unspeakable Acts.

Photo Credit: Natalie Sparaccio

Margaret Willison
Margaret Willison

Margaret Willison

Margaret Willison is a Boston native (born and raised in Jamaica Plain) who now works as a freelance writer/culture expert/librarian. She runs a pop culture newsletter called Two Bossy Dames with another librarian, runs 1/3 of the Appointment Television podcast, and regularly appears as a fourth chair on National Public Radio's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast.

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