Pulitzer Prize Winning Novelist Jennifer Egan to Lead Panel on the Waterfront as Artistic Inspiration

Gowanus Canal canoeist, 2009. Photo by Nathan Kensinger


    Brooklyn’s waterfronts play a major role in the history of the borough, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan will lead a discussion on Brooklyn’s waterfront areas and communities and how they have inspired artists.

    Egan, who won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2011, spent years researching the communities that line Brooklyn’s edges in preparation for her newest novel, Manhattan Beach, named after one of Brooklyn’s waterfront areas and due out in the fall. The novel, about “a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world,” takes place in early 20th century Brooklyn, where the main character, a woman, works in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

    The panel, Inspired by the Water’s Edge, will include Nicki Pombier Berger, co-founder of the digital journal Underwater New York; Elizabeth Albert, author of Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: NYC’s Forgotten Waterfront; Marilyn Symmes, curator of the new BHS Dumbo exhibition, “Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn’s Waterfront”; and Nathan Kensinger, filmmaker, photographer of Curbed’s “Camera Obscura” photo essays and a featured artist in BHS’ Dumbo exhibit.

    The event will take place Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Historical Society’s Great Hall at 128 Pierrepont Street. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The event is free for Brooklyn Historical Society Members, and $5 for general admission. To learn more about the event or to reserve your place, click here.

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