This is another essay I wrote about life on Staten Island, which did not make it into the book. As I mentioned before, I wrote about 45,000 words for the Staten Island book, of which only 20,000 made it to the published version; the other essays were left out for various reasons. I intend to [...]
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The release for the Staten Island book went splendidly. We packed the room (65 people, I am told) the day after I had asked for a bigger space. And we sold every single copy of the book we had with us. From the writer’s perspective, that’s a good day. The photo at left shows the space [...]
My first book, Staten Island, or, Life in the Boroughs will have its release at the Staten Island Museum (a.k.a. Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences) at 1 p.m. on November 6th, 2010. All are invited. From the well-written press release: “John Byron Kuhner ferries the reader across New York Harbor to the island [...]
The Staten Island book – which can be ordered here (it has returned from the printers, and is being bound) – originally consisted of twenty-one essays, about 45,000 words; the publishers selected ten of these essays to make a more compact 20,000 word “chapbook,” a better size book for the press and, of course, far [...]
An excerpt from the Staten Island book in Brooklyn Rail. The Staten Island book is (at long last!) nearing its release, which should be in October. I’ve been proofing the galleys over the past few days. The book can be ordered here.
The book is stalled a bit, as we’re looking for the right paper for the edition, which needs a 19th c. feel; the papers looked a bit modern and slick and had to be changed. I’ll keep you updated.
The Staten Island book is coming together… now we have a cover for it. Looks great: Staten Island’s best mix of the 1880s, 1890s, and today. You can order and get a look here.
You can pre-order the Staten Island book now. I am excited by it; it looks to be a thing of beauty. The illustrations by Lesley Chen are extraordinary. I’m told I’ve pre-sold three copies, thereby exceeding all expectations. Selling books reminds me of Thoreau’s printing of a thousand copies of his first book – which [...]
I spent two days on Staten Island earlier this week. I was hoping I would find the place as interesting as I did when I lived there, and I was not disappointed. Many of the things I revisited made just as great an impression on me as ever. The Dump is as omnipresent at the [...]