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Amateur Hour with America’s Foremost Picker of Locks


This Wednesday, November 14th, Schuyler Towne will try to convince you that locks are just social constructs. I’ll be interviewing Schuyler at 7pm at the Institute Library in New Haven. Join us.

Schuyler Towne is a competitive lockpicker and pioneer of the American Locksport movement. He is a founding board member of the Open Organization of Lockpickers, U.S. Chapter, and in 2007 launched Non-Destructive Entry magazine. Mr. Towne will both discuss the history of locks and lockpicking and demonstrate his special skill.

Please join Institute Library members and host Joshua Foer for a conversation with Mr. Towne Wednesday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase ($5 per drink), complimentary light refreshments will be provided by Atticus Bookstore and Café, and collectible limited editions of posters signed by Schuyler Towne and Josh Foer will be available for sale following the event.

Audience members are invited to bring with them the strongest locks they own.