A welcome Seattle return is made this evening by Adam Gopnik - making it hard on readers to decide where to be. Known for his work as a New Yorker writer (over thirty years) and such books as Paris to the Moon, The Table Comes First, and Through the Children’s Gate, he is here tonight with At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York (Knopf), his story of what New York was like in the 1980s when he and his future wife moved there from Montreal.
“A riveting and incandescent chronicle of personal evolution vividly set within the ever-morphing, cocaine-stoked crucible of ferocious ambition that was 1980s Manhattan. [Gopnik] tells tales of the forging of a marriage; of nightmares apartment battles with verminous hordes; of fortuitous jobs at museums, men’s fashion magazines, and a book publisher; and of bonds developed with critic Robert Hughes, artist Jeff Koons, and, most profoundly, photographer Richard Avedon. Arabesque, captivating, self-deprecating, and affecting, Gopnik’s cultural and intimate reflections, in league with those of Alfred Kazin and Joan Didion, are rich in surprising moments and delving perceptions into chance, creativity, character, style, conviction, hard work, and love.” –Booklist.
Co-presented with TOWN HALL INSIDE/OUT Arts & Culture.