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Loyola Women's Center sponsors a discussion with Christine Wiltz, Feb. 7

Loyola press release - January 24, 2000

Meet the Author For A Discussion of Women’s Issues from the Time of The Last Madam Until Now

Christine Wiltz
The Last Madam
A Life in the New Orleans Underworld

Norma Wallace ran the last of the legendary houses of prostitution in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Two days before her death in 1974, she began to tape-record her memories – the salacious stories of a smart, glamorous, powerful woman whose scandalous life made front-page headlines, and whose husbands and lovers ran the gamut from movie stars to gangsters to the boy next door, thirty-nine years her junior, who became her fifth and final husband. Wiltz spoke with the former glamour girls who were Norma’s prostitutes, the socially prominent men who frequented her notorious house on Conti Street, and the determined cops who finally busted her forty-year enterprise and ended an era in New Orleans history – an era depicted in the book through great story telling.

How was it in Norma Wallace’s day? What has changed? What has stayed the same? Explore these and other questions in a discussion facilitated by the author.

Monday, February 7, 2000, 7:30 p.m., Danna Center Audubon Room

Christine Wiltz is the author of four novels, Glass House, The Emerald Lizard, A Diamond Before You Die, and The Killing Circle, all set in her native New Orleans. She is currently visiting writer-in-residence in the Department of English at Loyola University New Orleans.

Sponsored by the Women’s Center, Loyola University New Orleans. For more information, call 865-7880.