Gracie Mansion Conservancy and First Lady Chirlane McCray Launch Gracie Book Club


The Gracie Mansion Conservancy released a statement earlier today announcing the launch of the Gracie Book Club, which will foster conservation on a selection of literary works, the release said. The book club will be a collaborative effort between First Lady Chirlane McCray and New York–based authors.

For its inaugural season, McCray and moderators James Hannaham, Jacqueline Woodson and A.M. Homes will choose six books to read and discuss with New Yorkers over the year. The theme for 2016–17 season will be “Envisioning Distant Neighbors.” Most discussions and works will center on the city’s diversity.

“The many immigrant groups that have sought refuge here and the beautiful languages and traditions they brought with them, help define New York City,” said McCray. “We are proud to shine new light on the often untold stories of our city’s diverse communities with the new Gracie Book Club.”

“I hope New Yorkers will join me and our talented moderators in this first season of exploring how our multicultural population has helped us build a more dynamic city through our selected books and the discussions to follow.”

With this effort, the Conservation hopes to make Gracie Mansion accessible to more New Yorkers. In October, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady McCray also introduced an art installation titled, “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” It consists of previously and newly acquired works, all from the original Gracie Mansion period. The show has been curated to create a more historically accurate picture of life in New York City during the time of Gracie Mansion’s construction.

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