Michael Schulman, author and writer for The New Yorker magazine, will captivate guests at a Desmond-Fish Public Library annual fundraising benefit event with tales from his latest book, Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears. The cocktail party is scheduled for Sunday, June 4 at the Highlands Country Club in Garrison, kicking off at 5:30 p.m.
Michael Schulman is a New York City writer whose new book, Oscar Wars, is a lively history of the Academy Awards that chronicles the remarkable, sprawling history of the Academy Awards and the personal dramas—famous, infamous, and never-before-revealed—that have played out on the stage and off camera. According to the Wall Street Journal the book is: “. . . richly entertaining, deeply researched . . . . written with a reporter’s rigor and a breezy prose style . . . . this is one of the best recent books about the film business. It is surely the best book about Hollywood’s biggest night.”
Michael Schulman’s first book, Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, was a New York Times bestseller. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he has contributed since 2006, writing more than a hundred Talk of the Town stories as well as long-form interviews with Linda Ronstadt, Robert De Niro, Fran Lebowitz, Anthony Hopkins, Mel Brooks, and Angela Bassett, among many others. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Believer, Aperture, and other publications.
Introducing Mr. Schulman will be Jane Spencer, deputy editor and head of strategy of The Guardian in the U.S. Previously, she was executive editor of The Daily Beast and editor-in-chief at Fusion Media Group. She was part of a Wall Street Journal team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for a series on China’s health and environment challenges. Ms. Spencer is a resident of Cold Spring.
Enlivening the evening will be a selection of jazz from the American Songbook will be presented by Grammy, Emmy, Clio, and Peabody award winner Art Labriola on piano and Lew Scott on bass. Catering by Riverview Restaurant will provide delicious tapas and hors d’oeuvres paired with distinctive wine selections. Mr. Schulman will sign copies of his works courtesy of Cold Spring’s independent bookstore Split Rock Books.
This event is in support of the many programs and resources offered by the Desmond-Fish Public Library to the Garrison and Philipstown communities. Buy your tickets here!