February 7, 2015 by westsidewriter

The Big Read Gets Bigger

The Big Read, the NEA-funded project launched in our neighborhood by Goddard Riverside, is going strong. Dozens of Upper West Siders are reading and discussing “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu (pictured above). If you haven’t joined in, there’s still  time. The book is available at our local bookstores and libraries, and on-line.  Upcoming events…

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Seret Scott (as Sara) and Bill Gunn (Victor) in Kathleen Collins' 1982 African-American classic, LOSING GROUND, starring Seret Scott, Bill Gunn and Duane Jones. Restored by Milestone Films and Nina Lorez Collins, the film is to premiere at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2015.

February 5, 2015 by westsidewriter

“Losing Ground” Gains a New Audience

Sara (Seret Scott) is a prim and proper philosophy professor at a New York City university. Her husband, Victor (Bill Gunn), is a painter with a wandering eye. When the sale of a painting brings in enough money for a summer rental upstate, Victor soon finds a young muse whose presence threatens the marriage. Sara faces…

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February 4, 2015 by westsidewriter

Athena Film Festival Starts on Thursday–plus a chance to win free tickets!

The Athena Film Festival, A Celebration of Women and Leadership, opens Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Barnard College with a screening of “Dreamcatcher“, a portrait of former Chicago prostitute who helps other women and girls break the cycle of abuse and exploitation. Now in its fifth year, the four-day festival showcases features, documentaries, panel discussions, workshops and special events.  The Athena Film…

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January 23, 2015 by westsidewriter

Saturday Night Reader

The weather forecast may be calling for snow, but don’t let the big chill stop you from joining in  “The Big Read” this Saturday night at 7 p.m. Goddard Riverside Community Center will launch this project–designed to get Upper West Siders to read and discuss the same book–at this kick-off event featuring an author appearance, live music, theater and refreshments….

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January 20, 2015 by westsidewriter

Seen at the NY Historical Society Shop

And now, something for people who love handbags and books. Copies of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books have been given a second life as purses created by Dave and Jennifer Tubbin. The handbags, on sale at the New York Historical Society museum store, are priced at $44.95 Westsidewriter has fond recollections of seeing these volumes–in their original incarnation–on her grandfather’s bookshelves in…

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January 13, 2015 by westsidewriter

Isaac Bashevis Singer Documentary to kick off NY Jewish Film Festival

Long-time Upper West Siders may recall a time when Nobel-prize winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer was a neighbor. Singer lived for many years at Broadway and 86th Street and his affection for, and frequent visits to, the Dairy Restaurant on West 72nd Street was noted in the New York Times. Known for his prolific output,…

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January 12, 2015 by westsidewriter

Seen on Columbus Avenue


January 7, 2015 by westsidewriter

UWS Writer Publishes Guide to the Algonquin Round Table

UWS writer and historian Kevin C. Fitzpatrick has published The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide (Lyons Press), a lively and informative guide to the members of the self-dubbed “Vicious Circle”, the beautiful hotel that hosted them, and the “homes, hangouts, and haunts” of this colorful group of writers, actors, and critics.  …

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January 5, 2015 by westsidewriter

Remembrance of Events Past

For those of us fortunate enough to take a few days off for the holidays, coming face-to-face with the reality of work and other obligations can be the first challenge of the new year. Fortunately there’s plenty of literary events on the horizon to lift our spirits and keep us inspired. But before we say…

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December 30, 2014 by westsidewriter

The Gift of Literacy

If you’re like westsidewriter, your inbox is stuffed with requests from worthy organizations asking  for end-of-year donations. If you’d like to support two local groups that promote literacy, please consider the following: Writopia Lab (from the group’s website): Writopia Lab is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in New York City in April of 2007. We…

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