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Author talk/book signing, "Killing the Poormaster," Wed. Jan. 30th

Members of the Rutgers community and the general public are invited to attend an author talk/book signing with Holly Metz, author of Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder on Wednesday January 30th. The event will be held at 6:00 pm in the Scholarly Communication Center, on the 4th floor of Alexander Library in New Brunswick.

Killing the Poormaster tells the story of Joe Scutellaro, a husband and father accused of killing Harry Barck, the poormaster of Hoboken, while seeking public financial assistance for his family in Depression-era New Jersey. Scutellaro's personal tragedy sheds light on the public relief system and the authorities responsible for the injustice suffered by many Americans struggling to survive the Depression.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

To register to attend this event, please go to:

For more information on this event, and to obtain a guest parking pass to park on the Rutgers' campus, please contact Ron Becker at 848-932-6155 or

This event is sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission, an arm of the State of New Jersey's Department of State, and the Rutgers University Libraries.

To read a review of Killing the Poormaster, go to:
To order a copy of the book in advance of the event, go to:

Posted January 2, 2013