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  • Recollections of Life on the Prison Ship Jersey

    by Thomas Dring

    Westholme Publishing

    $24.95 List Price

    For more info visit:
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    FGPC hosts David Swain

    David Swain, editor of Thomas Dring's Recollections of Life on the Prison Ship Jersey In conversation with Norman Ryan from the Fort Greene Park Conservancy Co-hosted by the Fort Greene Park Conservancy In one of the darkest moments of the American Revolutionary War, captured American soldiers were…

    David Swain, editor of Thomas Dring's Recollections of Life on the Prison Ship Jersey

    In conversation with Norman Ryan from the Fort Greene Park Conservancy

    Co-hosted by the Fort Greene Park Conservancy

    In one of the darkest moments of the American Revolutionary War, captured American soldiers were jailed on British prison ships in the East River (current site of the Brooklyn Navy Yard) where cruel and unhealthy conditions led to the ignominious deaths of thousands. Their remains were eventually collected and entombed in the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in our own Fort Greene Park. In 1824, survivor Thomas Dring wrote a firsthand account of conditions aboard the Prison Ships, and his manuscript is now published in its entirety for the first time, with notes by historian David Swain. Swain reads from the book and talks about the manuscript and the surrounding events with Norman Ryan from the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, the organization that helps maintain the park and the monument. The Conservancy’s Chairman Charles Jarden will introduce the event with a few words about this charitable organization and the park, and a percentage of sales of Dring’s Recollections at Greenlight Bookstore will benefit the Conservancy.

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  • Nina LaCour: We Are Okay

    You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…. Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother. Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend…

    You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…. Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother. Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

    An intimate whisper that packs an indelible punch, We Are Okay is Nina LaCour at her finest. This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love.

    Nina LaCour is the Michael L. Printz Award winning and bestselling author of We Are Okay, Hold Still, Everything Leads to You and The Disenchantments. She is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of You Know Me Well. A life-long lover of books and storytelling, she is on the faculty of Hamline University's MFAC program, runs The Slow Novel Lab, an online novel writing course, and hosts "Keeping a Notebook: a podcast on writing." She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife and daughter. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @nina_lacour or at ninalacour.com

    This event is free!

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