Quiet Don Author To Appear May 17 At Kirby Library

Matt Birkbeck, author of The Quiet Don: the untold story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino will appear at the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library to discuss the book with a question and answer period and book signing to follow.

Mr. Birkbeck is an awardwinning investigative journalist and critically acclaimed author. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, People magazine, Boston magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Birkbeck has also authored Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Madness and the Mob, A Beautiful Child, and A Deadly Secret.

His most recent book, The Quiet Don follows Russell Bufalino’s remarkably quiet ascent from Sicilian immigrant to mob soldier to a man described by a United States Senate subcommittee in 1964 as “one of the most ruthless and powerful leaders of the Mafia in the United States.” Bufalino, also known as “McGee” and “The Old Man” was the boss of the Northeastern Pennsylvania crime family from 1959 to 1989. He was known in the mob as a businessman who was well respected in the community and well-connected politically. Bufalino was considered by law enforcement officials as a suspect in the 1975 disappearance of former Teamsters head, Jimmy Hoffa. Russell Bufalino died on February 25, 1994 in Kingston, PA.

The event will be held on Saturday, May 17 at 1:30. Tickets are $10.00 each and are available for purchase at the library during regular business hours. Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis. Books by Mr. Birkbeck will be available for purchase during the event.

For more information call 570-474-9313. The library is located at 35 Kirby Ave., Mountaintop and is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 -8:30, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 -5:00, and Saturday, 9:00 -4:00.