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More Love for NYC Books
We're not holding our annual New York City Book Awards reception in May as originally planned - but the month is still full of love for New York City books and our 2019 winners.
Cynthia Brenwall, The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure (Harry N. Abrams)
- "A thrilling history of one of the world’s most famous urban parks," says this Kirkus Review. Here's another notice from the New York Almanack.
- Watch Ms. Brenwall's January 2020 presentation about the book at our sister institution the General Society Library.
- Buy The Central Park here via its publisher.
- And, useful for this unusual spring, here's How to Explore Central Park from Home, courtesy of our friends at the Central Park Conservancy.
Matthew Goodman, The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team (Ballantine Books)
- The Jewish Broadcasting Service brings us a panel at Manhattan's Center for Jewish History featuring Mr. Goodman.
- Here's a great article to accompany the book from NPR.
- Pick up your copy from PenguinRandomHouse.
- And learn more on Mr. Goodman's author site.
Willie Perdomo, The Crazy Bunch (Penguin Books)
- Encounter The Crazy Bunch with this interview on Electric Literature: "The Crazy Bunch is about an East Harlem crew during one summer weekend turned tragic. Perdomo revisits and recreates this 1990’s weekend with a strong narrative and the crew’s lingo, letting us non-East Harlem residents into a different world. A world full of joy, jokes, and tragedy."
- Here's another insightful take on the book from A Gathering of Tribes: "All the words dance on the pages of The Crazy Bunch."
- The Academy of American Poets introduces Mr. Perdomo and his work.
- Mr. Perdomo's interviewed in this segment from BronxNet.
- Many other wonderful things on Mr. Perdomo's author site.
- Purchase a copy from the publisher.
Hugh Ryan, When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History (St. Martin’s Press)
- Learn more about Mr. Ryan on his author site.
- Reviews from the New York Times, the Guardian, and Lambda Literary.
- Grab a copy directly from Macmillan.
- Join Mr. Ryan on a virtual walking tour of queer Brooklyn, courtesy of New York magazine.
The Hornblower Award for a First Book: Claire Jimenez, Staten Island Stories (Johns Hopkins University Press)
- Buy your copy from the publisher.
- Ms. Jimenez's writings at Remezcla.com.
- Reviews from the Seattle Review of Books, Chapter 16, and American Literary Review.
- Colby College's magazine talks with alumna Ms. Jimenez about the book.
The standard information about the awards for this year and past years can be found here.
The 2019-2020 New York City Book Awards are generously underwritten by Ellen M. Iseman.