CBH Talks: A Helluva Four Decades: Tom Dyja and Meg Wolitzer on NY, NY, NY

April 15, 2021, 6:30 PM

If our daily news tells the “first rough draft of history,” Thomas Dyja writes the next in his new book New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation. A look at the Big Apple from 1980 to today, it triggers memories for those who were there, and opens the eyes of those who were not. Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani, Bloomberg, de Blasio. CBGB, NYPD, stop and frisk, flatten the curve. Dyja was there, and so was novelist Meg Wolitzer. These two friends and eye-witnesses discuss NYC’s ever-morphing soul as it stands on the precipice of change yet again.

This is a Center for Brooklyn History event with books provided by Community Bookstore. 

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Thomas Dyja worked in publishing for more than a decade before becoming a writer. Along with editing four anthologies, he’s written three novels and a biography of civil rights pioneer Walter White. His last book, The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, was a New York Times Notable book, One Book One Chicago selection, and winner of the 2013 Heartland Prize for Non-fiction. A Chicago native, he now lives on New York City’s Upper West Side.

Meg Wolitzer is The New York Times bestselling author of The Female PersuasionThe InterestingsThe UncouplingThe Ten-Year NapThe Position, and The Wife, which was made into the film starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. She was the guest editor of The Best American Short Stories 2017, and lives in New York City.