112th: N. West Moss on "The Subway Stops at Bryant Park"
Please join us on Tuesday, May 16th for the launch of The Subway Stops at Bryant Park, a new story collection from N. West Moss. She will be joined in discussion by Marie Myung-ok Lee.
The Subway Stops at Bryant Park
Bryant Park becomes a microcosm of humanity and an elegy for a lost New York. From the doorman of 40 years to the woman obsessed with receipts; the man who sweeps the park, the tourists, the homeless; life with its pathos and raucous beauty shines in these characters, who all delight in the park's tiny world of laughter and music.
N. West Moss' work has appeared in The New York Times, The Saturday Evening Post, McSweeney's, Salon, Brevity, and elsewhere. The Subway Stops at Bryant Park, published by Leapfrog Press, is her first book, a collection of short stories, all of which are connected to Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan. Moss is a second-generation New Yorker who explores the way "progress" in this city leaves behind as many as it raises up. The stories draw on her various lives in New York as the daughter of Lloyd Moss, a long-time radio announcer on WQXR, her teen years as a waitress on Columbus Avenue, and as one of the founding owners of Bubby's Restaurant in TriBeca in the 1990s. These are stories of the quiet New York City, of the doormen, the nannies, the librarians, the leaf-sweepers, the unknown, almost invisible people who make up the fabric of this city.
Marie Myung-Ok Lee is a novelist who teaches at Columbia University.