Ada Calhoun Presents St. Marks is Dead
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St. Marks Is Dead in Baltimore Ada Calhoun will discuss the themes of her new book, St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street, a vibrant narrative history from W.W. Norton & Co. about three hallowed Manhattan blocks—the epicenter of American cool. The street has served as a backdrop for everyone from Leon Trotsky to Andy Warhol, the Ramones to the Beastie Boys, W.H. Auden to Keith Haring, Allen Ginsberg to the skaters of the movie Kids—and Red Emma herself, who opened her revolutionary Modern School on St. Marks Place in 1911. Every group has maintained that their era, and no other, marked the street’s apex, and that after they left—whether “they” were the Beats, the hippies, the punks, or the hardcore kids—the street was dead. In this idiosyncratic work enriched by more than two hundred interviews and dozens of rare images, St. Marks native Ada Calhoun traces the 400-year history of the area from its origins as a Dutch farm to its current incarnation as a hipster playground—organized around those pivotal moments when yet another group of miscreant denizens declared, “St. Marks is Dead.” And yet, Calhoun shows how the street continues to provide each new generation of rebels with a place to call home. Kirkus calls the book "revelatory." Publishers Weekly says it is "captivating." A Q&A and signing will follow. Award-winning journalist Ada Calhoun is the author of St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street (W.W. Norton & Co., November 2015). She has worked as a crime reporter for the New York Post, a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and a ghostwriter of four bestsellers. She majored in Sanskrit.