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The Gargoyle Hunters: An evening with Author John Freeman Gill
Thu, April 27, 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM EDT
Native New Yorker and longtime New York Times contributor John Freeman Gill brings us The Gargoyle Hunters, a brilliantly crafted tale ripped from the headlines…of 1974. Join us for this very special author’s evening with Mr. Gill, an Upper West Sider who has cast our beloved ‘hood in a leading role in his debut novel. Hilarious and poignant, The Gargoyle Hunters is a love letter to a vanishing city, and tale of a brazen and seemingly impossible architectural heist—the theft of an entire historic Manhattan building—that stunned the city and made the front page of The New York Times in 1974.
Mr. Gill will read selections from his book, recount how he came upon the original incredible true-life tale and the real-life gargoyle hunters he interviewed while researching the novel, and take the audience on an imaginative journey through the streets of the Upper West Side that figure prominently in the novel: 88th Street to 100th Street, from Central Park West to Amsterdam Avenue.
Books will be available for purchase at the event.
LW! members at the Partner level and above are our guests.
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“The Gargoyle Hunters is that rarest of all animals—a beautifully written literary novel that also just happens to be a rollicking, cinematic, ripsnortingly funny tale with action sequences as exciting as those of Hollywood’s best films. Ever wonder how a father and son could possibly steal an entire New York City building, cornice to curb? Here’s your chance to find out.” —Doug Liman, director of The Bourne Identity
“THE GARGOYLE HUNTERS is wonderful, strong, and funny, with yards and yards of beautiful writing. Its pages are full of reading pleasures…Extraordinary.”--Annie Proulx
“In the spirit of Jonathan Lethem and J.D. Salinger, John Freeman Gill strips the mask off New York City in this poignant, incisive, irreverent novel about fatherhood, art, obsession, creation and destruction. This novel salvages so many things, not least our abiding relationship with the past. This is a wonderful, compelling debut.”--Colum McCann
“John Freeman Gill’s THE GARGOYLE HUNTERS is a brilliant evocation of many things…funny, heartbreaking, elegiac, unforgettable—David Mitchell’s BLACK SWAN GREEN meets E.B. White’s HERE IS NEW YORK.”--Gretchin Rubin