Remember when he was last here? It was in January 2009 and he was the Library’s first speaker in our Grand Opening Author Series, and within weeks of our opening the new building. What a great night that was! We are overjoyed to be doubly honored and to welcome him to Darien Library.
Pete Hamill is a novelist, essayist, and journalist whose career has endured for more than 40 years. As a journalist, he has been a columnist for the New York Post, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, the Village Voice, New York magazine, and Esquire. He has served as editor-in-chief of both the Post and the Daily News. As a journalist, he has covered wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon, and Northern Ireland, and lived for extended periods in Mexico City, Dublin, Barcelona, San Juan, and Rome. From his base in New York, he has also covered murders, fires, World Series, championship fights, and the great domestic disturbances of the 1960s, and has written extensively on art, jazz, immigration, and politics.
At the same time, Mr. Hamill has written much fiction, including movie and TV scripts. He has published ten novels and two collections of short stories. He’s written several New York Times bestsellers, including the novels Snow in August, North River, and Forever, and his memoir, A Drinking Life.
Here's a description of his new book, "Tabloid City," courtesy of Little, Brown and Company:
On a cold January night in a stately townhome in New York City’s West Village, two women--a wealthy socialite and her secretary--have been killed. Over the course of the next day, their shocking deaths will illuminate connections between men and women who could not be more different from one another, though they call the same metropolis home.
From the gruff editor-in-chief of the city’s last afternoon daily to the self-made advertising exec; from the NYPD sergeant to the Wall Street conman; from the angry young extremist to the Iraq vet struggling to come to terms with his sacrifices, Pete Hamill captures the voices and experiences of his fellow New Yorkers with his trademark blend of compassion and unflinching honesty.
For some of these men and women, the city is a proving ground. For others it is a decadent playground. For still others it is steeped in memories--a historic city eclipsed by modern times. At once a nostalgic hymn to old New York and a gripping, cinematic portrait of the complex city of today, Tabloid City is as exhilarating as New York itself.
Mr. Hamill’s appearance at Darien Library is part of our Adult Summer Reading Program.
A reception and book signing will follow the author’s presentation. Books will be available for purchase.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).