Jean Hanff Korelitz presents Helene Hanff's Letter from New York, in conversation with Bruce Eric Kaplan

September 21st

McNally Jackson Seaport
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Manderley Press is delighted to announce a brand-new edition of Helene Hanff's Letter from New York, featuring an introduction from Jean Hanff Korelitz and cover design by New Yorker illustrator Bruce Eric Kaplan.

After the success of her book 84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff was asked by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour to write about her life in New York. What started out as a 6-month trial in 1978 turned into a 6-year project, during which Helene Hanff captivated radio audiences with her monthly broadcasts- each 5-minute vignette a love letter to her beloved New York City.

This book is a collection of selected scripts from this series in which the author offers us a glimpse into her own everyday tales of the city. Written in her trademark whimsical and upbeat style, Helene Hanff transports us to the heart of Manhattan in the 1980s, describing her favorite places, people and pets with gentle humor, and introducing the reader to the ups and downs of life in a high-rise apartment building in New York City ("the last small town in America").

We are introduced to Bentley, the Old English Sheepdog who captured the Helene’s heart; we stroll through Central Park to Shakespeare's Garden; we join the author for parades on Fifth Avenue; and we meet Arlene, whose glamorous social life, and wardrobe, puts Helene’s tiny apartment and simple writer's life into perspective.

Letter from New York is still a delight to read, 40 years after it was first written- a timeless and beguiling tale of everyday life in this great city, by one of the best-loved authors of the 20th-century.

"These charming pieces bring back the New York of my childhood, the storefronts and fashions, the errands and quirks and tastes and smells of the city I grew up in." -Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York City and educated at Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of the novels The Latecomer, The Plot, You Should Have Known, Admission, and The Devil and Webster, among others. Many of her works have been adapted for television and movies. With her husband, Irish poet Paul Muldoon, she adapted James Joyce’s “The Dead” as an immersive theatrical event titled “ THE DEAD, 1904” (produced with Dot Dot Productions and the Irish Repertory Theatre, and performed at New York's American Irish Historical Society). Korelitz’s other books include the middle-grade reader Interference Powder, and a collection of poetry The Properties of Breath. She lives with her husband and two children in New York City.

Bruce Eric Kaplan is an American cartoonist whose single-panel illustrations are frequently published in the New Yorker. His signature style is distinctive and off-beat – often combining dark humour with deceptively simple illustration. Kaplan is also a screenwriter and producer (working on television series Six Feet Under, Girls and Seinfeld), and has written and illustrated books for both adults and children.




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