Jami Attenberg reads from her new novel, The Middlesteins, a portrait of a midwestern Jewish family caught up in a tug of war between passion and obligation. Afterwards she will discuss her work with J. Courtney Sullivan, author of the novel Maine.
Danielle Bobish, owner and creative director of Curtain Up Events, talks to theater critic, playwright and author David Toussaint about his new book, The Gay Couple's Guide to Wedding Planning, a how-to book that is both informative and joyful.
Michael Lowenthal reads from The Paternity Test, his engaging novel about different relationships put to the test over the desires and complications of creating a family, and discusses fiction writing with novelist Peter Cameron (Coral Glyn).
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League is the heartbreaking story written by Jeff Hobbs about his former roommate trying to fit into disparate spheres of his existence.
Eric Velasquez will be entertaining us with his artwork as he explains his process for illustrating a number of titles over the years. He will astound you with his wealth of knowledge and challenge you to see the artist in yourself.
Discover author Angela Flournoy chats with Tayari Jones (Silver Sparrow) about Flournoy's debut novel The Turner House, about a family and the abandoned home located in the deteriorating and turbulent '60s Detroit, as part of the Harlem Book Festival
How did a scrawny black kidthe son of a barber and a domestic who grew up in Harlem and Trentonbecome the 106th mayor of New York City? Its a remarkable journey. David Norman Dinkins was born in 1927, joined the Marine Corps in the waning days of World War II, went to Howard University on the G.I. …
How did a scrawny black kidthe son of a barber and a domestic who grew up in Harlem and Trentonbecome the 106th mayor of New York City? Its a remarkable journey. David Norman Dinkins was born in 1927, joined the Marine Corps in the waning days of World War II, went to Howard University on the G.I. Bill, graduated cum laude with a degree in mathematics in 1950, and married Joyce Burrows, whose father, Daniel Burrows, had been a state assemblyman well-versed in the workings of New Yorks political machine. It was his father-in-law who suggested the young mathematician might make an even better politician once he also got his law degree.The political career of David Dinkins is set against the backdrop of the rising influence of a broader demographic in New York politics, including far greater segments of the citys gorgeous mosaic. After a brief stint as a New York assemblyman, Dinkins was nominated as a deputy mayor by Abe Beame in 1973, but ultimately declined because he had not filed his income tax returns on time. Down but not out, he pursued his dedication to public service, first by serving as city clerk. In 1986, Dinkins was elected Manhattan borough president, and in 1989, he defeated Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani to become mayor of New York City, the largest American city to elect an African American mayor.As the newly-elected mayor of a city in which crime had risen precipitously in the years prior to his taking office, Dinkins vowed to attack the problems and not the victims. Despite facing a budget deficit, he hired thousands of police officers, more than any other mayoral administration in the twentieth century, and launched the Safe Streets, Safe City program, which fundamentally changed how police fought crime. For the first time in decades, crime rates began to falla trend that continues to this day. Among his other major successes, Mayor Dinkins brokered a deal that kept the US Open Tennis Championships in New Yorkbringing hundreds of millions of dollars to the city annuallyand launched the revitalization of Times Square after decades of decay, all the while deflecting criticism and some outright racism with a seemingly unflappable demeanor. Criticized by some for his handling of the Crown Heights riots in 1991, Dinkins describes in these pages a very different version of events.A Mayors Life is a revealing look at a devoted public servant and a New Yorker in love with his city, who led that city during tumultuous times.
As part of the Harlem Book Festival, we are pleased to present former Mayor David Dinkins discussing his bestselling book A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic. He is joined by the organizer of the Harlem Book Festival.
A hit-and-run accident sends the lives of both driver and victim into unforeseen trajectories in a family drama set against the backdrop of the sexual revolution and 1970s California.On the morning that Nina and Asher Tellers marriage falls apart in their Southern Californian kitchen, their young …
A hit-and-run accident sends the lives of both driver and victim into unforeseen trajectories in a family drama set against the backdrop of the sexual revolution and 1970s California.On the morning that Nina and Asher Tellers marriage falls apart in their Southern Californian kitchen, their young daughter, Hannah, is the victim of a hit-and-run accident that will leave her leg in a cast for much of the next decade. Ninas next husband introduces her to nudism and soon suggests they plunge further into the sexual revolution of the 1970s. Meanwhile, the remorseful driver, Martin, tries to bury his dark secret under the flashing lights and ringing bells of Las Vegas.The Nakeds is an absorbing, darkly comical story of love and desire, of forgiveness and the unforgivable, and the truths we sometimes hide underneath our very own skin.
Mia Alvar of In the Country, characters shaped by a dislocation from the people they love most; Sara Novic of the Girl at War, the impact of war on her life; and Boris Fishman of A Replacement Life, a novel that turns the classic saga sideways.