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New York, New York, New York


Thomas Dyja
New York, New York, New York

Thomas Dyja worked in publishing for more than a decade before becoming a writer. Along with editing four anthologies, he’s written three novels, a biography of civil rights pioneer Walter White and The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, a New York Times Notable book, One Book One Chicago selection, and winner of the 2013 Heartland Prize for Non-fiction. His new book, New York, New York, New York traces the history of New York since 1978 and how it has changed. A Chicago native, he lives on the Upper West Side with his wife, literary agent Suzanne Gluck.

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Jenny Altshuler is a photographer and political activist and has been organizing author events since 2001. She is the coordinator for the Friends of the Belmont (MA) Public Library Author Series and a member of the Brattleboro Literary Festival author committee. Jenny holds a degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in developmental psychology from NYU.  

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Dangerous, filthy, and falling apart, garbage piled on its streets and entire neighborhoods reduced to rubble; New York’s terrifying, if liberating, state of nature in 1978 also made it the capital of American culture. Over the next thirty-plus years, though, it became a different place—kinder and meaner, richer and poorer, more like America and less like what it had always been. 

New York, New York, New York, Thomas Dyja’s sweeping account of this metamorphosis, shows it wasn’t the work of a single policy, mastermind, or economic theory, nor was it a morality tale of gentrification or crime. Instead, three New Yorks evolved in turn. 

Dyja will be in conversation with photographer, political activist, and part-time New Yorker Jenny Altshuler.

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