9th Ave: Roger D. Rapoport

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset. 

Cover of Roger D. Rapoport's novel Searching for Patty Hearst. The cover image is a composite of different newspaper clippings that form into an illustration of Patty Hearst's face.
Join us on Tuesday, February 13 at 7pm PT when Roger D. Rapoport celebrates the release of his novel, Searching for Patty Hearst, at 9th Ave!

Masks Encouraged for In-Person Attendance
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Praise for Searching for Patty Hearst
"The kidnapping of Patty Hearst was one of the most extraordinary stories of its time, and all of us who followed it imagined, many times, the conversations, inner struggles, and clandestine meetings that must have taken place out of our sight. How nice it is to now see the skilled Roger Rapoport weave such ingredients, and his own extensive knowledge of the case, into this gripping, evocative, and suspenseful novel."—Adam Hochschild, author, American Midnight and King Leopold’s Ghost

“Roger Rapoport’s tale about his 50 year-search for the truth about Patty Hearst's sensational kidnapping grabs your attention and holds you hostage until the very last page. A brilliant blend of dogged factual reporting and fiction.”—Ronald G. Shafer, former Wall Street Journal Washington political features editor

“Living on the West Coast during the Search for Patty Hearst fifty years ago, it was wonderful to retrace the essence of this singular piece of history, and to be given a new slant on it from someone who had been reporting on the events even as they occurred. This novelization of what may have happened, is thoroughly enjoyable, probably truer than other accounts, and certainly more entertaining.”—Richard Riehle, actor, Office Space, The Fugitive, Glory, Grounded for Life, and hundreds of other films and TV shows

“What a joyous, mind-bending excursion to have the legendary Roger Rapoport doing up a novel on the legendary Patty Hearst …”—Harvey “No Nukes” Wasserman, author, The People’s Spiral of US History and Solartopia:  Our Green-Powered Earth

About Searching for Patty Hearst
February 4, 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of Patty Hearst's kidnapping.
On the night that Patty Hearst was kidnapped in 1974, journalist Roger D. Rapoport, was a short drive away in his El Cerrito home. He quickly became one of the primary reporters covering the saga as it unfolded in real time. His reporting gave local and national readers a window into one of the most bizarre and polarizing crimes in U.S. history.

Now, fifty years later, he has written a novel, Searching for Patty Hearst, that draws heavily from that time. In this compelling new book, he explores alternative theories of the crime and delves into the complex psychology of many of the key actors in a drama that kept the country riveted. Using the techniques of fiction, Rapoport gives voice to much of the story that fell outside of the bounds of journalistic coverage.

“I wrote this novel because I believed the American public deserved nothing but the truth,” he says. With a wry sensibility and insider knowledge that Rapoport is one of the few people to possess, Searching for Patty Hearst, goes beyond the tabloid headlines to tell the story in all its depth. Rapoport takes on such questions as: Why did Patty participate in the kidnapping of a high school student hours before six of the SLA kidnappers were killed in a firefight with the Los Angeles police department? Did celebrity coroner Thomas Noguchi, whom Rapoport interviewed, mishandle the autopsies of six SLA victims? Why did Patty’s lawyers dump her fiancée Steve Weed as a key witness at her trial at the last minute?

It’s often said that fiction can offer insights into the truth that reporting can’t. If that is the case, the story of Patty Hearst, the SLA, and the kidnapping that carved them into the American psyche just may be told for the first time with Searching for Patty Hearst

About Roger D. Rapoport
Roger D. Rapoport
 is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and playwright. His work has appeared in The Wall Street JournalWiredThe AtlanticEsquire, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other outlets. His films have shown at film festivals around the world. "Coming Up for Air" won thirty festival awards, including seven for best feature film; and "Pilot Error" took four best feature awards. Rapoport's books include The Great American Bomb MachineHillsdale: Greek Tragedy in the American HeartlandIs the Library Burning?The Big PlayerInto the Sunlight: Life after the Iron Curtain, and many other titles. He was publisher of the San Francisco Bay Area's RDR Books from 1995-2010. As a travel writer he has published multiple guides and was the editor of the successful "I Should Have Stayed Home" series. Rapoport was on the ground covering the Patty Hearst saga as it unfolded. He gained insider access to the elite and secretive world of the Hearst family and many of the key behind-the-scenes players. Searching for Patty Hearst is his first novel and draws heavily on his in-depth reporting of the case.

Searching for Patty Hearst: A True Crime Novel By Roger Rapoport Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781958156025
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Lexographic Press - January 16th, 2024

On the night that Patty Hearst was kidnapped in 1974, journalist Roger D. Rapoport, was a short drive away in his El Cerrito home. He quickly became one of the primary reporters covering the saga as it unfolded in real time. His reporting gave local and national readers a window into one of the most bizarre and polarizing crimes in U.S. history.


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