On October 25, 2018, I participated in a Halloween event at the Apple Tree House in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The program was entitled “Washington Irving & The Legend of Jersey City.” The Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs and the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy served as hosts, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities sponsored the night.
Recently, I’ve hinted at researching Washington Irving for a hitherto unnamed event. Now, it’s official!
During the past several weeks, I have been spending an usual amount of time researching and contemplating the first American writer to stand on the international stage–Washington Irving, who penned such beloved classics as “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
While recently browsing in Little City Books, my favorite bookstore on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, I happened across When the English Fall by David Williams. The book was marked as a 2017 indie favorite. Trusting the curatorial instincts of the staff, I bought the novel.
I’m happy that I did.
My wife recently was nominated for an award for her article in Atlas Obscura. Last week, we attended the awards ceremony at the Society of Illustrators.
While checking in our coats, I noticed a familiar face on the wall: Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Continue reading