Columbus: Scott Sherman's "Patience and Fortitude"

Event date: 
06/23/2015 - 7:00pm

Join us on Tuesday, June 23rd, at 7pm for the launch of Scott Sherman's book, Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library. Caleb Crain will join as a conversant.  

In a series of cover stories for The Nation magazine, journalist Scott Sherman uncovered the ways in which Wall Street logic almost took down one of New York City's most beloved and iconic institutions: the New York Public Library. 

In the years preceding the 2008 financial crisis, the library's leaders forged an audacious plan to sell off multiple branch libraries, mutilate a historic building, and send millions of books to a storage facility in New Jersey. Scholars, researchers, and readers would be out of luck, but real estate developers and New York's Mayor Bloomberg would get what they wanted. But when the story broke, the people fought back, as famous writers, professors, and citizens groups came together to defend a national treasure. Rich with revealing interviews with key figures, Patience and Fortitude is at once a hugely readable history of the library's secret plans, and a stirring account of a rare triumph against the forces of money and power.

Scott Sherman is a contributing writer for The Nation. His work has appeared in Lingua FrancaVanity Fair, the London Review of Books, the Washington Post, theLos Angeles TimesNewsdayDissent, and other publications.

Caleb Crain is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker,the New York Review of Books,the Nation, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books, n+1, the Paris Review Daily, and the New York Times Book Review. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia, he is the author of the critical work American Sympathy and a work of fiction entitled Necessary Errors. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Event address: 
450 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10024