*PLEASE NOTE: This event is at capacity and reservations are no longer being accepted.

ONE BOOK, ONE NEW YORK winning author Jennifer Egan, in conversation with Meredith Wisner, former Asst. Director of Archives at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Manhattan Beach researcher and oral historian Zaheer Ali from the Brooklyn Historical Society. Together they will paint a picture of day-to-day life along the Brooklyn Waterfront during WWII and celebrate the enormous contribution of women and African Americans who worked at the Navy Yard in 1940s. Together they will examine how the Brooklyn Navy Yard became an indelible central character in Jennifer Egan’s book, Manhattan Beach. Moderated by Alexis Coe.

Alexis Coe is the author of the narrative history book, Alice+Freda Forever, and a consultant on the movie adaptation. Her second book, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington, will be published by Viking in 2019. She's currently a consulting producer on Doris Kearns Goodwin's untitled History channel series, curating the ACLU's centennial exhibitions, and hosting No Man's Land, a forthcoming women's history podcast from The Wing and Pineapple.

Author photo © Pieter M. Van Hattem


This free Bookend event is part of the Brooklyn Book Festival and hosted in partnership with New York Magazine, Vulture, and BPL Presents. 

ONE BOOK, ONE NEW YORK is a signature program of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Find out more at nyc.gov/onebook


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