The Friends of the Port Washington Public Library are pleased to announce that best-selling novelist Alice Hoffman and award-winning historian/biographer David Nasaw will be featured at the 38th annual Richard D. Whittemore book and author luncheon on Friday, May 11, at the George Washington Manor. Reservations are required. Look for the event brochure available now at the library or for further information visit www.pwpl.org/fol or call the library's Community Relations Office at 883-4400, X130.
FOL president Amy Bass says, "Our goal is always to present a book and author luncheon that is engaging, enjoyable and intellectually expansive. This year's program is particularly well-balanced with popular novelist Alice Hoffman (Skylight Confessions) and historian/biographer David Nasaw (Andrew Carnegie). We look forward to presenting the authors and their books, and to welcoming our loyal and enthusiastic audience. As an added feature, we'll have several baskets filled with books and gifts for a silent auction that will help us to cover expenses associated with the luncheon. Reserve early and join us for a great afternoon!" Bass added that Nasaw was just named the winner of the $50,000 New-York Historical Society American Book Prize for Andrew Carnegie, which the Society called "magisterial."
Alice Hoffman in Skylight Confessions, is in fine form doing what she does best - writing about loss, love and our fragile attempts to hang on to what we hold dear. Three decades after her first novel, Hoffman's unique gift for creating psychologically rich tales that shimmer with magic realism is on display.
Alice Hoffman, who grew up on Long Island, has become one of our most popular writers. Her novels, short stories, and more recently, fiction for children and teenagers have earned her both critical acclaim and commercial success. Her work has been published in more than 20 translations and more than 100 foreign editions.
The name Carnegie conjures up images of opulence and excess, of richness and wealth beyond measure, but few people recognize how dynamic a man Andrew Carnegie was and what he came to represent during, and even after, his lifetime. Celebrated historian David Nasaw plumbs the core of this complex man and his rags-to-riches story in a magnificent biography.
As Nasaw reveals, Carnegie was not merely another wildly successful industrialist, he was a self-educated writer, peace activist and above all, philanthropist who was determined to give away all of his wealth during his lifetime.
David Nasaw is the author of the bestselling and award-winning biography The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst. He is a distinguished professor of history and director for the humanities at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Both books will be on sale at the event, and the authors will be available for signing.