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This Weekend at the Golden Notebook

HeatherAsh Amara, "Awaken Your Inner Fire"

Event Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm


Friends of Jeremy Wilber Read Jeremy

Please join The Golden Notebook and The Colony for a special event. Alix Wilber, Gilles Malkine, Frank Spinelli, Bill McKenna,  Gioia Timpanelli, and Robert Burke Warren will read excerpts of Jeremy's recently published book, The Irvington with Strange Logic, Select Work by Jeremy Wilber."The Irvington, where derelicts and divas collide and stop NYC in its tracks.Strange Logic, a parade of memories."

Event Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 3:00pm


Neil Maher, "Apollo In The Age of Aquarius"

The summer of 1969 saw astronauts land on the moon for the first time and hippie hordes descend on Woodstock for a legendary music festival. For Neil M. Maher, the conjunction of these two era-defining events is not entirely coincidental. Apollo in the Age of Aquarius shows how the celestial aspirations of NASA’s Apollo space program were tethered to terrestrial concerns, from the civil rights struggle and the antiwar movement to environmentalism, feminism, and the counterculture.

With its lavishly funded mandate to send a man to the moon, Apollo became a litmus test in the 1960s culture wars. Many people believed it would reinvigorate a country that had lost its way, while for others it represented a colossal waste of resources needed to solve pressing problems at home. Yet Maher also discovers synergies between the space program and political movements of the era. Photographs of “Whole Earth” as a bright blue marble heightened environmental awareness, while NASA’s space technology allowed scientists to track ecological changes globally. The space agency’s exclusively male personnel sparked feminist debates about opportunities for women. Activists pressured NASA to apply its technical know-how to ending the Vietnam War and helping African Americans by reducing energy costs in urban housing projects. Particularly during the 1970s, as public interest in NASA waned, the two sides became dependent on one another for political support.

Against a backdrop of Saturn V moonshots and Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, Apollo in the Age of Aquarius brings the cultural politics of the space race back down to planet Earth.

Neil M. Maher is Associate Professor of History at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University–Newark.

Event Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 4:00pm


Marina Antropow Cramer, "Roads: A Novel"

Roads is the story of a Russian family struggling to survive the Nazi occupation of their native Yalta towards the end of World War II. It follows their experiences through German labor camps and the bombing of Dresden; tells how they lose one another and manage, through refugee networks and pure chance, to reunite, their lives irretrievably changed. Here are some endorsements the book has been honored to receive:

“Riveting, heartbreaking, and beautifully written, Roads takes us deep into the black heart of Nazi Germany, finding not only horror and despair but a stubborn and tenacious hope and a kind of clarity about what it means to be human.”—Christina Baker Kline, NY Times bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World

 “Like The Madonnas of Leningrad, Marina Antropow Cramer’s  sweeping novel brings to life the suffering of ordinary  Russians during WWII. With richly evoked compassion, Roads  shows us the power of family and love to survive in the face  of devastation.”— Laurie Lico Albanese, author  of Stolen  Beauty  

“With more than apt characterization, Cramer explores characters' adaptability as social critique. Roads is a subtle investigation of war and everyday people struggling to find refuge.” —ForeWord Magazine

“The characters are strongly drawn and fascinating… Cramer’s writing is lush and poetic with a refreshing edge.”Shelf Awareness

Close third-person narration and a clear, chronological timeline transport the reader into story. Style derives not from emotionally-charged prose but from elegant syntax and precise word choice. Historical and psychological research clearly informs this tale, but author Marina Antropow Cramer remains in the shadows, never revealing her hand. Highly recommended.”Rebecca Kightlinger,Historical Novel Society Review

“A broad, moving novel of a family’s creation, migration, dispersal and reconnection through war and its aftermath. Cramer offers a realistic portrait of a horrific era, counterpointed by the hope and determination required to get out to the other side.” — Russian Life

Event Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm