Open Book/ Open Mind: THIS LAND: America, Lost and FoundAdult Events 10/20/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Author Dan Barry in Conversation with New York Times writer Matt Purdy.
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Open Book/Open Mind: The Guarded GateAdult Events 11/03/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Daniel Okrent, author of THE GUARDED GATE: Patricians, Eugenicists, and the Campaign to Keep Jews, Italians, and Other Immigrants Out of America — the powerful, definitive, and timely account of how the rise of eugenics helped America close the immigration door to “inferiors” in the 1920s.
Daniel Okrent was the first public editor of The New York Times, editor-at-large of Time, Inc., and managing editor of Life magazine. He worked in book publishing as an editor at Knopf and Viking, and was editor-in-chief of general books at Harcourt Brace. He was also a featured commentator on two Ken Burns series, and his books include Last Call, The Guarded Gate, and Great Fortune, which was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in history.
A forgotten, dark chapter of American history with implications for the current day, The Guarded Gate tells the story of the scientists who argued that certain nationalities were inherently inferior, providing the intellectual justification for the harshest immigration law in American history. Brandished by the upper class Bostonians and New Yorkers—many of them progressives—who led the anti-immigration movement, the eugenic arguments helped keep hundreds of thousands of Jews, Italians, and other unwanted groups out of the US for more than 40 years.
Over five years in the writing, The Guarded Gate tells the complete story from its beginning in 1895, when Henry Cabot Lodge and other Boston Brahmins launched their anti-immigrant campaign. In 1921, Vice President Calvin Coolidge declared that “biological laws” had proven the inferiority of southern and eastern Europeans; the restrictive law was enacted three years later. In his characteristic style, both lively and authoritative, Okrent brings to life the rich cast of characters from this time, including Lodge’s closest friend, Theodore Roosevelt; Charles Darwin’s first cousin, Francis Galton, the idiosyncratic polymath who gave life to eugenics; the fabulously wealthy and profoundly bigoted Madison Grant, founder of the Bronx Zoo, and his best friend, H. Fairfield Osborn, director of the American Museum of Natural History; Margaret Sanger, who saw eugenics as a sensible adjunct to her birth control campaign; and Maxwell Perkins, the celebrated editor of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. A work of history relevant for today, The Guarded Gate is an important, insightful tale that painstakingly connects the American eugenicists to the rise of Nazism, and shows how their beliefs found fertile soil in the minds of citizens and leaders both here and abroad.
This event is free thanks to support from our Series Sponsors, Investors Foundation and The Montclair Foundation. Please reserve a seat below. Watchung Booksellers will have copies of Dan’s books for purchase and signing at the end of the event.Click here for more details...
Open Book/ Open Mind: B.A. Shapiro in Conversation with Caroline Leavitt at MAMAdult Events 11/07/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Montclair Art Museum
The Collector’s Apprentice
Award-winning New York Times bestseller author B. A. Shapiro will debut her latest and eighth novel The Collector’s Apprentice, another unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance. Her previous novels include The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless and Shattered Echoes, four screenplays (Blind Spot, The Lost Coven, Borderline and Shattered Echoes) and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze.
B. A. will be in conversation with New York Times best-selling fiction writer Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, as well as 8 other novels. Leavitt is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Fiction, and a Goldenberg Fiction Prize.
Thanks to our community partner, Montclair Art Museum, this event will be held during their “Free First Thursday” programming. Registration to the evening is not required but please register below for this talk so we can provide updates or schedule changes via e-mail. (This event was rescheduled from 2018 so those prior event registrations have been saved.)
Thanks to our Series Sponsors, The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation for this support. Watchung Booksellers will have copies of both authors’ book for sale and signing at the end of the event.Click here for more details...