Two Events for Names on the Land in NYC; Brooklyn Book Festival
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Just a reminder about the two events next week marking the reissue of NAMES ON THE LAND, by George Rippey Stewart. Originally published in 1945 and reissued this summer by NYRB Classics, it’s a great gust of a book, a narrative history of how just about everything in America got its name. I wrote an introduction to this new edition, a version of which ran here: http://www.slate.com/id/2193106/
Edwin Frank, editor of NYRB Classics, and I will talk a little about the book and we’ll be joined by some special guests to read some short, sharp, and funny bits from it.
Tuesday, September 2nd at 7:00 pm
Bookcourt (163 Court Street, Brooklyn), with:
-- Tom Vanderbilt, author of the bestselling Traffic
-- Mike Wallace, Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of Gotham
-- Colson Whitehead, MacArthur Fellowship-winning author of The Intuitionist
Thursday, September 4th at 7:00 pm
McNally Jackson (52 Prince Street, Manhattan), with:
-- Ian Parker, staff writer for The New Yorker
-- Nathaniel Rich, author of The Mayor’s Tongue
-- Robert Sullivan, author of Rats
Praise for NAMES ON THE LAND:
“An extraordinary achievement.” --Eudora Welty
“Important, useful, interesting… Names on the Land is a wonderful work of original research and a fine book to dip into.” --New York Times
“Learned and rollicking… A welcome reminder that the polyglot medley on our maps is, as Stewart says, ‘a chief glory of our heritage’” --Wall Street Journal
Also, NY area members, don't forget the Brooklyn Book Festival, September 14th, 2008. We'll have a booth & be selling discounted books. Also The New York Review of Books will have some panels with excellent speakers.