Join renowned travel writer and adventurer Tony Perottet as he leads a conversation with Ada Calhoun, author of St Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street at KGB’s glamorous Red Room — in the same haunted tenement building where Emma Goldman plotted, Lucky Luciano operated the Palm Court casino and wild-eyed Ukrainian Communists gathered over vodka. Don’t have the book? Pick it up at our Manhattan store first! Here are the details of the talk:
Friday, April 14, 2017
85 East Fourth St, between Second Ave and Bowery
(The Red Room is on the Top Floor… Keep Climbing the Stairs!)
7:30 pm — Wine reception
8.30 pm — live jazz from the Kait McKendrick duo
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In the bohemian heart of the East Village, we’ll be plied with copious amounts of wine as Calhoun shares forgotten stories from the neighborhood — anecdotes about 19th century anarchists and Polish street gangs; urbane literary residents such as Frank O’Hara and W.H.Auden; less urbane beat locals such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg; as well as the more recent cast of 1970s punks, assorted serial killers and avant-garde artistes like the Velvet Underground.
Guest appearance by KGB’s owner, Denis Woychuk, the lawyer who defended the dreaded “Butcher of Tompkins Square Park” in 1991.
Raised on St Marks Place in the gritty 1970s and 80s, Ada Calhoun is the author of the acclaimed St Marks is Dead: the Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street and the forthcoming Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, which sprang from a wildly successful Modern Love column in the New York Times recounting the trials of staying happily married. A former crime reporter for the New York Post, Calhoun is a regular contributor at the New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and other publications.
Long-term denizen of Tenth Street in the East Village, Tony Perrottet wanders the globe on eccentric quests, tracking down the legendary “yeti skin” in an ancient monastery in Bhutan and penetrating the pornographic bathroom within the Vatican. A foreign correspondent for several years in Buenos Aires, he is now a regular contributor to the New York Times, Wall St Journal Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and other publications. He is the author of five non-fiction books, most recently The Sinner’s Grand Tour: A Journey Through the Historical Underbelly of Europe, and has appeared on the History Channel, Travel Channel and BBC TV.