Madame Belle: Sex, Money and Influence in a Southern Brothel

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In this month's Food for Thought presentation, author Maryjean Wall talks about her new book and its tantalizing true story of vice and power in the Gilded Age South as told through the life and times of the notorious Miss Belle. After years on the streets, Belle Brezing borrowed enough money to set up her own establishment—her wealth and fame growing alongside the booming popularity of horse racing. Soon her houses were known internationally and powerful patrons from the industrial cities of the Northeast courted her in the lavish parlors of her gilt-and-mirror mansion in Lexington.

Wall presents a fascinating study of Kentucky’s most famous madam and transports readers back to a lively time in Bluegrass history.

Reservations required by Oct 10. $20 for KHS members; $25 for all others. Contact Julia Curry at 502-564-1792, ext. 4414 to make reservations.