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Adam Gopnik presenting a one-man show of stories from his book At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York

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This event includes a book signing.

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer ADAM GOPNIK presenting a one-man show of stories from his thirty years as a husband, father, and writer in New York City. Many of these stories are featured in his new book, At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York. He first performed this one-man show at last year’s New Yorker Festival. A book signing will follow.

About At the Strangers’ Gate

hbs-gopnik-bookFrom The New York Times bestselling author of Paris to the Moon and beloved New Yorker writer, At the Strangers’ Gate is a memoir that captures the romance of New York City in the 1980s.

When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty, and the ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed, where both life’s consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. At the Strangers’ Gate builds a portrait of this particular moment in New York through the story of this couple’s journey—from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family. Gopnik transports us to his tiny basement room on the Upper East Side, and later to SoHo, where he captures a unicorn: an affordable New York loft. He takes us through his professional meanderings, from graduate student-cum-library-clerk to the corridors of Condé Nast and the galleries of MoMA. Between tender and humorous reminiscences, including affectionate portraits of Richard Avedon, Robert Hughes, and Jeff Koons, among many others, Gopnik discusses the ethics of ambition, the economy of creative capital, and the peculiar anthropology of art and aspiration in New York, then and now.


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Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting, and in March of 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Republic. From 1995 to 2000, he lived in Paris; he now lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.

Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe