The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group has announced a webinar with Jim Mackin and Matthew Spady, who will discuss their new books on local history and compare notes about what it’s like to research and write a book for the first time.
Mackin and Spady will describe what first- time authorship is like, about their shared interest in local history, how they conceptualized their books and how they found a publisher. They’ll share their research methods, their writing regimen, the how-tos of fact-checking, editing and finally, promoting their books.
The moderator of this informal discussion will be Fred Nachbaur, Director of the Fordham University Press, publisher of both books.
Mackin’s book, Notable New Yorkers of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is a compilation of stories of nearly 600 former residents who once called the Upper West Side home. While his focus is primarily on the 600, Mackin artfully slips in some fascinating facts and colorful stories about the neighborhood itself.
Spady’s book, The Neighborhood Manhattan Forgot: Audubon Park and the Families Who Shaped It, traces the complex history of an area of northern Manhattan that has evolved from acres of woodlands into a large, multi-ethnic, big-city neighborhood. The story he tells is framed by the lives of two families – the Grinnells and the Audubons.
Jim Mackin is a member of the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group, a local historian and the force behind Weekday Walks.
Matthew Spady, a local historian has spent years delving into the history of Audubon Park, focusing on two 19th century men and their families who were central to the neighborhood’s creation, John James Audubon and George Bird Grinnell. Spady is the creator of the virtual walking tour on www.audubonparkny.com and curator for www.audubonparkperspectives.org, a news site that reflects on the constant intersection of past and present in this vibrant and historic neighborhood.
Fred Nachbaur has close to 30 years of experience in book publishing, the last 13 at university presses. He became the director of Fordham University Press in 2009.
This free program is set for Tuesday, February 16th, at 5:30 pm. The Webinar link will be posted a few days before the 16th on the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group’s website.