Friends’ Book and Author Luncheon December 2nd
December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join us for this wonderful holiday season treat, held on Sunday, December 2, from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm at the American Hotel on Main Street in Sag Harbor. Reserve your space starting November 1st. Admission is $55, for reservations please contact Valerie Cuyjet at 631-725- 4147. Checks may be written out to the Friend’s of The John Jermain Memorial Library, and mailed to: Valerie Cuyjet, P.O. Box 2805, Sag Harbor, N.Y. 11963. Books will be available at the luncheon for purchase and inscription.
Enjoy the opportunity to meet the local author David Margolick, a long-time contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Previously he was a legal affairs reporter and columnist at The New York Times, for which he covered, among other stories, the trial of O.J. Simpson. His prior books include Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns; Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock, a study of the principal figures in the iconic photograph from the 1957 school desegregation crisis; Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink; Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song; and A Predator Priest. He has written for the New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Guardian, and is currently writing a book about Sid Caesar. He has been an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University and loves being a part of the Sag Harbor community.
Discover his most recent book, The Promise and The Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. “No issue in America in the 1960s was more vital than civil rights, and no two public figures were more crucial in the drama of race relations in this era than Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Fifty years after they were both assassinated, noted journalist David Margolick explores the untold story of the complex and ever-evolving relationship between these two American icons. Assassinated only sixty-two days apart in 1968, King and Kennedy changed the United States forever, and their deaths profoundly altered the country’s trajectory. As trailblazers in the civil rights movement, leaders in their respective communities, and political powerhouses with enormous personal appeal, no single pairing of white and black ever mattered more in American history. In The Promise and the Dream, Margolick examines their unique bond and the complicated mix of mutual assistance, impatience, wariness, awkwardness, antagonism and admiration that existed between the two, documented with firsthand interviews from close sources, oral histories, FBI files, and previously untapped, contemporaneous newspaper accounts. At a turning point in social history, MLK and RFK embarked on distinct but converging paths toward lasting change. Even when they weren’t interacting directly, they monitored and learned from, one another. Yet the distance they maintained from one another reflected much broader tensions between the races in the United States, and their nearly simultaneous deaths embodied the nation’s violent predilections and ongoing racial turmoil. Their joint story, a story each man took some pains to hide and which began to come into focus only with their murders, is not just gripping history but a window into contemporary America and the challenges we continue to face. Complemented by eighty-three revealing photographs by the foremost photojournalists of the period, The Promise and the Dream offers a compelling look at one of the most consequential but misunderstood relationships in our nation’s history.” – From the publisher.