HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Sarah Weinman

Crime Lady


  • The Real-Life Case That Inspired Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner
  • The True Crime Renaissance: Making Entertainment Out of Violence
  • What Forensic Science History Tells Us About Cutting-Edge Techniques
  • The Cases That Haunt Me, And Haunt You, Too
  • Women Crime Writers of the 1940s & 50s: The Dawn of Domestic Suspense


New York
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Sarah Weinman is the author of The Real Lolita (Ecco), which was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, BuzzFeed, The National PostLiterary Hub, and Vulture. As an author, columnist, and contributing editor at multiple publications, Weinman covers crime fiction, true crime, and all points in between.

Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history, and literary investigation, The Real Lolita tells Sally Horner’s full story for the very first time. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the Sally Horner case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing Lolita. The Real Lolita casts a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic.

Through presentations that delve into the curiosities and histories of true crime, Weinman draws audiences in with her insights and the parallels to today’s current events. Perfect for historical societies, literary conferences, libraries, and student audiences Weinman’s tales will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Weinman, currently a contributing editor and columnist at CrimeReads, has written for the New York TimesVanity Fair, the Washington PostTopic, New York, the New Republicthe Guardian, and Buzzfeed, among other outlets, while her fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and numerous anthologies. Weinman also writes the “Crime Lady” newsletter.

Currently she resides in New York.

Praise for The Real Lolita:

“The achievement of [Weinman’s] impressive literary sleuthing is to bring to life a girl whose story had been lost.“
--Diane Johnson, New York Times Book Review

“Riveting… . Scrupulously researched… . Nearly 70 years after Sally Horner’s death, Weinman’s dark and compulsively readable book will make readers aware of the absence of nearly forgotten girl’s voice in discussions of one of the great works of American literature “
--Elizabeth Hand, Los Angeles Times

“The Real Lolita is a tour de force of literary detective work. Not only does it shed new light on the terrifying true saga that influenced Nabokov’s masterpiece, it restores the forgotten victim to our consciousness.”
--David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon

“Sarah Weinman’s captivating, heart-rending The Real Lolita offers both nuanced and compassionate true-crime reportage and revelatory cultural and literary history. It will, quite simply, change the way you think about Lolita and ‘Lolitas’ forever.”
--Megan Abbott, author of Give Me Your Hand