Radio; Reading News

KPFA radio interview airing Christmas Eve morning: 7:30 A.M. East Bay Pacific time; 10:30 Jersey Irish waterfront time and web-streamed. Interview was taped; was fun and story-laden.

First Irish Waterfront reading of New Year set for Sunny’s in historic Red Hook Brooklyn: Sunday Jan. 3 at 3 P.M. We’re lookin at 15-20 readings between then and mid-April: venues all kinds the list will be up under ‘Appearances’ before this year through.

Here’s the news from Sunny’s courtesy of event host Gabriel Cohen:

Once again you are invited to come hear some of New York’s finest
published authors read in a beautiful old waterfront bar. The next
SUNDAYS AT SUNNY’S reading will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday,
January 3. (That should give you plenty of time to recover from New
Year’s Eve!)

We’re going all-nonfiction for this reading, with an in-depth look
behind the scenes at the true story behind the Marlon Brando film
classic On the Waterfront, a tour of fascinating ethnic neighborhoods
here in NYC, and a reading about a topic that should prove quite
timely these days:  how to live a bit lower on the hog! So come on
down to Red Hook for a visit to the coziest bar in the world.

The January Sundays at Sunny’s reading will feature:

Joseph Berger

Nonfiction writer, author of The World in a City: Traveling the Globe
Through the Neighborhoods of New New York
and Displaced Persons:
Growing Up American After the Holocaust

James T. Fisher

Nonfiction writer, author of On the Irish Waterfront: the Crusader,
the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York

Lauren Weber

Nonfiction writer, author of In Cheap We Trust:  the Story of a
Misunderstood American Virtue

Joseph Berger has been a New York Times reporter, columnist, and
editor for a quarter century, writing about education, religion, and
the vivid kaleidoscope that is New York City, as well as chronicling
many of the events that have shaken Israel and the Middle East. He is
the author of three books, including The World in a City: Traveling
the Globe Through the Neighborhoods of the New New York
, Displaced
Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust
, and The Young Scientists: America’s Future and the Winning of the Westinghouse.

James T. Fisher is a Professor of Theology and American Studies at Fordham University. Aside from his new book about the New York waterfront, he is the author of Communion of Immigrants: A History of Catholics in America, Dr. America: the Lives of Thomas A Dooley, 1927-1961, and The Catholic Counterculture in America, 1933-1962. Visit his blog at

Lauren Weber was formerly a staff reporter at Reuters and Newsday. She has also written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other publications. She lives in New York.

The series, co-sponsored by BookCourt bookstore (
(718-875-3677), will continue on the first Sunday of every month  at
3:00 p.m at Sunny’s, a legendary old bar on the Brooklyn waterfront in
Red Hook at 253 Conover Street (between Beard & Reed Streets). You can
buy books and get them signed by the authors. Suggested donation: $4.
The bar (cash) will be open. Free coffee and Italian pastries and
cookies will be provided. Bar telephone (only available when the bar
is open): 718-625-8211.

UPCOMING:  February 7:  David Biro, M.D., author of The Language of
Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief

Getting to Sunny’s is easy:

By bus:  take the B61 toward Red Hook from Atlantic Ave. & Court St.
(or from the A train midtrain exit at Jay Street Borough Hall). Get
off near the end of the line at Van Brunt & Beard streets., walk 1
block right and 1/2 block left. Or take the B77 bus down 9th Street
from Park Slope (or from the Smith and 9th Street F train stop–exit
at the rear of the train and come down the stairs to street level and
the corner bus stop.) Take the bus in the direction of Van Brunt
Street and Red Hook. (Sunny’s is right around the corner from the big
Fairway supermarket at the end of Van Brunt.)

If you’re driving: From Manhattan, take the Brooklyn Bridge and get
off at the Court Street exit–then take a left on Cadman Plaza West,
which will turn into Court St. Go about a mile, past Atlantic Avenue,
and take a right on Sackett Street. Continue straight for five blocks,
across the overpass over the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, and take a
left on Van Brunt Street. Continue down almost to the end of Van Brunt
(you’ll see the waterfront and the Fairway supermarket up ahead) and
take a right on Reed Street. Go one block and take a right on Conover
Street–you’ll see a big sign that says BAR. That’s Sunny’s.

By water:  New York Water Taxi has a stop just several blocks from
Sunny’s, at the new IKEA. For a route map, please see


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