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Authors & Artists -- September 24, 2022

Finding Judge Crater -- A Conversation with Steve Riegel
After a summer hiatus, our '79 Authors & Artists Series will return on September 24 at 11:30 ET, when we host Steve Riegel, who will talk with Bruce Petersen and our audience about his book “Finding Judge Crater. ” The Wall Street Journal’s reviewer reveled in this revisiting of a “tantalizing” case from Jazz era NYC, noting that Steve spins “a good yarn and ...even provides his own credible solution to the mystery at the end.” Read the book and come join the discussion – or just come and hear how Steve found time away from his successful career as a litigator and federal prosecutor in NYC to follow the trail of this famous cold case through Tammany Hall and around old NYC.

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Location: .   RSVPD: 2022-09-24, N: 2022-08-08.  

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Authors & Artists -- June 18, 2022

What Spreads, What Breaks, What Mends -- A Conversation with Angel Garcia and Richard Smith
On the surface the subjects of our authors' works seem worlds apart. They share, however, a common theme. Both present communities in crisis and individual and communal attempts to survive and thrive amidst larger inimical conditions: in one case a deadly pandemic, and in the other challenges faced by a Latino immigrant community. To state the obvious, in addition to being interesting, the discussion will be extremely topical.

Angel Garcia's first book, The Kingdom Began in Puerto Rico, is set in the historical context of a changing world and a changing Catholic Church. It follows Fr. Neil Connolly’s path through the South Bronx, which began with a Church program to address the postwar great Puerto Rican migration. Fr. Neil served the largest concentration of Puerto Ricans in the Bronx from the 1960s to the 1980s as they struggled for a decent life. In the war against drugs, poverty, and crime, Connolly created a dynamic organization run by the people and supported Unitas, a peer-driven mental health program for youth. Frustrated by the lack of institutional responses to his community’s challenges, Connolly challenged government abandonment and spoke out against ill-conceived public plans. Ultimately, he realized that his priestly mission was in developing new leaders, and supporting two unique lay leadership programs, the Pastoral Center and People for Change.

Richard Smith’s Not a Soul but Us won the 2021 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize and has recently been released by Bauhan Publishing. The book is a verse narrative set in a medieval English village, where the plague pandemic has wiped out half the population. Left behind are a twelve-year-old shepherd boy and his dog, who keep their flock alive through a brutal winter—and then must figure out how to reconnect with the world around them. In the words of poet Meg Kearney, judge for the 2021 May Sarton Prize, the book “drives to the heart of what we humans are capable of when boiled down to our very core in the struggle to survive—and how it’s not our intelligence or our resiliency but love and the non-human animals that save us. Timely, remarkable, and unforgettable, these eighty-four sonnets are so well crafted that we cease to notice the form, swept away as we are by the current of the story and its song.”

Angel Garcia was the Executive Director of South Bronx People for Change, a Church-based direct action and membership organization co-founded by Fr. Connolly. Born in Puerto Rico, and a graduate of Princeton University (English Literature), and Pace University (MBA), he is a long-term resident of the South Bronx, a lapsed Catholic, and has volunteered on social justice, environmental and political campaigns, and an affordable housing board, happily recruited by Connolly.
After graduating from Princeton with a degree in English, Richard Smith worked in publishing for twelve years and then retooled as a clinical psychologist, earning his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He maintains a private clinical practice in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his partner and their two dogs.

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Location: Zoom.   Watch the Recording.

Authors & Artists -- February 12, 2022

A Different Kind of Crime Family
Join us as noted author Gary Krist interviews Rob Goldberg, who has just published “The Hanged Man’s Tale,” a mystery that continues the Mazarelle detective series, which Rob and family completed collaboratively after the passing of his father. Find it on Amazon. Read about it on CrimeReads.com, BookishFirst and The Big Thrill. The book was left unfinished with the untimely passing of Rob's father, Gerald Jay Goldberg, so the family came together to finish the book.

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 AM. Location: Zoom.   Watch the Recording.

Authors & Artists -- October 30, 2021

Whose Blues? A Conversation About Race and the Future of the Music with Adam Gussow, Margaret Russell and Mimi Chen
A conversation about Adam's written and musical work. Adam joins Peggy Russell & Mimi Chen to view the Blues in America through various lenses.

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Location: Zoom.   Watch the Recording.

Authors & Artists -- June 27, 2021

Hip-Checked: Naomi Cahn & Erica Rand Talk About Bodies, Laws & Change
Naomi Cahn & Erica Rand Talk About Bodies, Laws & Change

Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM. Location: Zoom.   Watch the Recording.

Authors & Artists -- May 24, 2021

Love and Death: Writing Genre Fiction -- A Conversation with Nancy Herkness and Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Islieb '75)
A Conversation with Nancy Herkness '79 & Lucy Burdette (Roberta Isleib '75)

Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM. Location: Zoom.   Watch the Recording.

Authors & Artists -- May 21, 2021

Chronology is Your Friend: Writing Lives in History -- A Conversation with David Michaelis and Alex Wolff
A Conversation with David Michaelis '79 and Alexander Wolff '79

Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM. Location: Zoom.   Watch the Recording.

Authors & Artists -- April 25, 2021

Mummies, Hoops and Rock ‘n Roll -- A Conversation with Rob Goldberg and Alex Wolff
A Conversation with Rob Goldberg and Alex Wolff

Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM. Location: Zoom.   Watch the Recording.

Authors & Artists -- February 20, 2021

Writing All Over the Map
A Conversation with Gary Krist and Robert Wright

Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM. Location: Zoom.   Watch the Recording.

Authors & Artists -- December 5, 2020

Words, Images & Crossroads -- A conversation with Madison Smartt Bell and Andrew Moore, moderated by Ellen Levy
A conversation with Madison Smartt Bell and Andrew Moore, moderated by Ellen Levy

Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM. Location: Zoom.   Watch the Recording.

Authors & Artists -- September 26, 2020

Making Mischief with Words
A Conversation with Constance Hale and Billy Aronson

Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM. Location: Zoom.   Watch the Recording.

Authors & Artists -- May 30, 2020

Telling True Tales: Author Josh Hammer Discusses Adventure Non-Fiction Writing
A 75 minute conversation with Q&A about Josh Hammer's Adventure Non-
fiction writing. His recent two books are The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and The Falcon Thief. Kathryn Reimann is a self described fan of Josh's work.

Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM. Location: Zoom.   Watch the Recording.