Biography Panel

May 18-20, 2018
Leon Levy Center for Biography
Telling Life Stories: What Biographers Can Learn from Narrative Nonfiction
This panel will consider how biographers can use the elements of narrative nonfiction to tell (and sell) engaging life stories. “Narrative nonfiction” basically means telling true stories that read like novels. The panelists will discuss how they developed their life stories, focusing on narrative elements such as plot, scene, voice, imagery, and theme. This panel is for everyone wondering how to tell their story, how to attract an agent or editor to their story, or how to make their story impossible to put down.

Moderator: Anne Boyd Rioux
Panelists: Alan Pell Crawford, John Matteson, and Laurie Gwen Shapiro
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Author Talk at NYPL

May 2, 2018 at 6:30pm
Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd St.
This will be a free but ticketed event. More info soon.

NYC Event

April 5, 2018 at 6:30pm
Seward Park Library

NYC Book Reading

March 14, 2018 at 6:30pm
New York Society Library

The Lower East Side’s Untold Story of Stowaway Explorers

March 8, 2018 from 7-8pm
Essex Street Market
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Join lifelong LES resident, filmmaker and author Laurie Gwen Shapiro at Essex Street Market on Thursday, March 8th for an exclusive look at her latest nonfiction book, The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica (Simon & Schuster). Laurie shares the remarkable true story of a young Lower East Side boy who, in 1928, swam the Hudson River to reach a ship bound for Antartica. Meticulously researched and interwoven with narrative from journalists of the time, Laurie takes us on the unforgettable journey of a first-generation New Yorker destined for adventure.

Laurie will speak about her book and the “Stowaway Craze” of NYC’s Jazz Era from 7pm-8pm. Prior to her talk, you can enjoy complimentary refreshments from Essex Street Market vendors starting at 6:30pm. This event is FREE but RSVP is required.

Books onside by

Boston Reading

March 7, 2018
Newtonville Books

Book Presentation

February 23, 2018
Larchmont Yacht Club

Laurie Gwen Shapiro presents her book The Stowaway. Details to come.

Sacramento Reading

February 4, 2018 from 1-3 pm
Avid Reader Books

Book Reading

February 3, 2018 from 5-6:30 pm
pages: a bookstore
Manhattan Beach, CA
Join us for a special appearance of Laurie Gwen Shapiro, author of “The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica” on sale January 16, 2016.

Book Reading

January 28, 2018 from 3-5 pm
Rough Draft Bar and Books
Kingston, NY

Come hear Laurie Gwen Shapiro read from her new book, The Stowaway, and discuss it in conversation with Kingston Writers’ Studio operator and Longreads Essays Editor Sari Botton.

Book Party

January 19, 2018 from 6-8 pm
Untapped Cities Offices
New York, NY

Untapped Cities is excited to host a book party for author Laurie Gwen Shapiro during the launch week of her highly anticipated first non-fiction book, The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica.

Book Launch

January 16, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 pm Sold out
January 23, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 pm
Second date
South Street Seaport Museum, NYC

Join the Seaport Museum, along with Simon & Schuster, Atlas Obscura, and Untapped Cities to celebrate the book launch of Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s new book, The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica. The evening’s conversation will be moderated by Daniel Zalewski, Features Editor at The New Yorker.

The Stowaway Available January 2018

Order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local independent bookstore.