Bibliophiles rejoice! On February 6th, three very different authors will discuss their equally different lives and new books in two Jamaica locations. Staring at 6 pm, Bill Cosby, the comedian, actor and activist, will share a panel with Frank Savage, a businessman and competitive sailor, as part of Black History Month celebrations at York College organized in conjunction with the Greater Queens Chapter of The Links. The Coz’s I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was) is a collection of his observations and wacky insights into life. Meanwhile, Savage tells the story of his rise from childhood poverty to the corporate world and yacht racing in his autobiography The Savage Way. At 6:30 pm, Sam Roberts, an urban affairs correspondent with The New York Times, will talk about his latest tome, Only in New York: An Exploration of the World’s Most Fascinating, Frustrating and Irrepressible City, at Queens Central Library.

Details: Bill Cosby & Frank Savage Book Talks, York College’s Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, February 6th, 6 pm, free.

Bonus details: Author Talk with Sam Roberts, Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, February 6th, 6:30 pm, free.

Photo: Bill Cosby/Facebook


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The King Manor takes its name from Rufus King, a member of the Continental Congress, a framer and signer of the U.S. Constitution, one of the first senators from New York State, the ambassador to Great Britain under four presidents and an outspoken abolitionist. However, many powerful, capable and impressive women also inhabited this now-historic house in Jamaica. On March 2 as part of Women’s History Month, Dr. Laura Fishman, former chair of York College’s Department of History and Philosophy, will present a lecture on the ladies of the King Manor Association and its involvement in the Women’s Club Movement. Founded in 1900, this group of dynamic members of the fairer sex broke gender barriers with their civic engagement and efforts at social reform and suffrage.

The King Manor Association and the Women’s Club Movement
King Manor Museum
Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica
Saturday, March 2
3pm – 4pm | Free with suggested $5 donation