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Russell Shorto

The Friends of the Port Washington Public Library announces its 36th annual Richard Dodge Whittemore Book and Author Luncheon on Friday, May 13 from 11:45 am to 2:30 p.m. at the George Washington Manor. The Friends tradition of presenting nationally recognized authors continues this year with Elizabeth Gaffney, author of Metropolis and Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World.

"This year's luncheon is our 36th Book and Author event," comments Friends president Amy Bass. "We are thrilled to celebrate by once again presenting outstanding authors whose books should stimulate, fascinate and intrigue."

Elizabeth Gaffney


Brilliantly exploring the wonder, turmoil and magic of an American metropolis just after the Civil War, Metropolis follows a young German immigrant and the Irish girl he loves as they battle urban chaos while never losing sight of the American dream.

At once a coming of age story, a social panorama, a criminal mystery and a love story, Metropolis is a superb achievement and marks the exciting debut of a fine, new literary talent.

Elizabeth Gaffney, former editor of The Paris Review, teaches writing at New York University. Her short fiction has appeared in North American Review, Colorado Review, Brooklyn Review, Mississippi Review, Reading Room and Epiphany. She resides with her husband in Brooklyn.

The Island at the Center of the World

In a riveting, groundbreaking narrative, Russell Shorto tells the story of the Dutch colony, which predated the Pilgrims and established ideals of tolerance and individual rights that shaped American history.

He has constructed a sweeping narrative of Manhattan's founding that gives a fresh perspective on how America began.

Russell Shorto is the author of Gospel Truth and Saints and Madmen. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ and other publications. He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and their two daughters.

Reservation Information

Cost of the luncheon is $45 per person. Reservation brochures will be mailed to Friends donors and available for the public later this month at the library. For information contact Friends board member and program registrar Edward Sands at 883-4647. Logo
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