Avi Steinberg, author of the “acidly funny” (NYTBR) memoir Running the Books, will speak at the New York Public Library’s Mid-Manhattan branch this Wednesday, February 9 at 6:30 pm. Details here. The author will be in discussion with Nicholas Higgins, the NYPL Correctional Services Librarian, about his memoir, a trenchant exploration of prison culture that addresses the hilarious and intricate moral puzzles he faced during his two years as a Boston prison librarian.
“Acidly funny. . . . Mr. Steinberg proves to be a keen observer, and a morally serious one. His memoir is wriggling and alive — as involving, and as layered, as a good coming-of-age novel.”
—The New York Times
“I haven’t laughed this hard since David Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One Day.”
—Los Angeles Times
“An impressive account of a world that few readers of this newspaper will recognize [written] in wry, captivating prose.”
“Hilarious enough to make you want to read its lines to anyone who happens to be around, and profound enough to have you care deeply… There’s plenty of humor here, for sure, but Steinberg, in tender, understated prose, also brings out the inmates’ irrepressible humanity.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
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