Before cable news and social media, people visited barbershops to trade gossip, debate politics, and discuss events of the day. This tradition is alive and well at Virile, a cozy barbershop with a retro style and friendly, talented barbers. Simply put, Virile was the perfect place for a book event. Continue reading
On Sunday, October 15, 2017, I was honored to participate in 111 1st Street: A Community of Artists, an exhibit featuring the artists of the former 111 1st Street–the subject of Left Bank of the Hudson.
Elaine Hansen, a 111 alumnus herself, organized the show as part of the 2017 Jersey City Art & Studio Tour, gathering together the work of forty artists. This exhibit brought together all the moving pieces of the rich 111 1st Street story: visitors could meet the artists, admire their work, and discover the history and impact of their building and community.
This past Saturday, I returned home after a week on the road promoting Left Bank of the Hudson. I started in my native region with events in Olean and Buffalo, New York and then headed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Everyone whom I met expressed genuine interest in the topics of cities, gentrification, artists, and historic preservation. Residents of both small and large cities recognized the change currently unfolding in urban America and its ability to affect their own communities and lives. Continue reading
On Saturday, October 7, 2017, WORD Bookstore hosted the Jersey City launch for Left Bank of the Hudson. Terrence McDonald, a talented and sharp journalist from the Jersey Journal, joined me for a lively and fun conversation. This marked my first discussion with my (adopted) hometown crowd. Jersey City did not disappoint. A terrific afternoon for this author. Continue reading