Writing the City

When: Thursday, May 3, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Price: $20 & up | $15 for Museum Members
Garnette Cadogan; Jay McInerney, photo by Marian Ettlinger

The literary city inspires ideas as different as New Yorkers themselves. Series host Sarah Maslin Nir sits down with essayist Garnette Cadogan and novelist Jay McInerney to consider how their work has been challenged and informed by the unique experience of writing in and about New York City.

Reception to follow with beer courtesy of Harlem Blue.

Only in New York
with Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir is a conversation series bringing together two distinctive New Yorkers from different worlds to explore key questions about the city’s identity, culture, and history – glass of wine in hand.

About the Speakers:
Garnette Cadogan
 is currently a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. He was born and raised in Jamaica and is now a New Yorker. He is editor-at-large of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (co-edited by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro) and is at work on a book on walking. Read his 2016 essay for Buzzfeed, "How to Walk Around the World Without Leaving New York" here.

Jay McInerney is the author of twelve books, most recently Bright, Precious Days (2016). His other novels include Bright Lights, Big City and The Good Life, which received the Grand Prix Littéraire at the Deauville Film Festival in 2007. McInerney’s screen credits include the screenplay for Gia (1998) and Bright Lights, Big City (1988). In 1989 McInerney was named a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library. He also writes a monthly wine column for Town & Country. Author's website here.

Sarah Maslin Nir is a native New Yorker and a reporter for The New York Times best known for her report on the working conditions of nail salon workers, for which she was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, she was also the Times' nightlife correspondent. She is currently writing a book about horses in New York City for Simon & Schuster.

$25 for adults | $20 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $15 for Museum members
Includes Museum admission.

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Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or info@mcny.org with any questions.

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