Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach is the 2018 One Book One New York winner. From the Mayor’s office of Media and Entertainment:
“We are so pleased to announce this year’s One Book, One New York winner, and thrilled at the level of enthusiasm and participation in this year’s program,” said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. “Manhattan Beach is steeped in New York history and is a deep dive into the city’s waterfront neighborhoods. Because it features such a strong and compelling female protagonist who defies the gender stereotypes of her day it feels especially timely today.”
Manhattan Beach is the fifth novel–and first work of historical fiction–written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, a Brooklyn resident. Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the book was also long-listed for the 2017 National Book Award and selected as a top book of 2017 by publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Time. Manhattan Beach tells the haunting World War II-era story of Anna Kerrigan, who becomes the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s first female diver, and her search for her missing father. …
For the second consecutive year, the NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (DAUS) will be participating in One Book, One New York. This year, it also will be joined by the School’s Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Both units will host a number of initiatives in which students can read and discuss Manhattan Beach by the end of the semester. They will launch a virtual book club via Twitter, moderating discussions about the book, its themes, and connection to New York City. In addition, they will have a faculty led discussion on topics related to the book.
“Manhattan Beach is a terrific choice! There’s something for every reader—a strong female protagonist, depictions of Brooklyn of long ago, and the influence of the water, which can soothe and threaten, inspire and mystify,” noted Billie Gastic, associate dean of the NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies.”
For full press release please click on the link: Mayor’s Office Press Release
So, stayed tuned for CALA and DAUS summer events related to New York City, Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, and writing at NYU SPS.
Or, register for one of CALA’s Summer courses – click on links below for information: