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Celebrate two of New York’s greatest fiction writers on a walking tour to trace their footsteps in the neighborhoods they made famous: Dorothy Parker and Dawn Powell. See their homes and haunts on a walk that begins at the landmark Algonquin Hotel and ends in Greenwich Village. The tour starts at Noon on Sunday, June 26. Tickets are $25 each.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) joined the staff of Conde Nast in her twenties and was a founding writer of The New Yorker. She wrote for most major publications in New York and worked for five years as Broadway critic. Her work has never gone out of print.

Dawn Powell (1896-1965) was a gifted satirist who moved in the same circles as Parker, Ernest Hemingway, renowned editor Maxwell Perkins, and other midcentury New York luminaries. Her many novels are typically divided into two groups: those dealing with her native Ohio and those set in New York. She also wrote a dozen plays and about 100 short stories, book reviews, and essays. Palermo’s new critical biography and study of the New York novels reminds us how Powell earned a place in the national literary establishment and East Coast social scene.

The walking tour is led by:

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York (Roaring Forties Press) and president of the Dorothy Parker Society;

Patricia Palermo, author of The Message of the City: Dawn Powell’s New York Novels 1925-1962. (Swallow Press/Ohio University Press).

Meet in the Algonquin Hotel lobby at 11:45 AM. The walk begins promptly at Noon. Reservations are required. We will see Club Row, Speakeasy Row, the Theatre District, and Greenwich Village. (The midpoint of the tour will require a transfer to the subway. Bring a Metrocard). Following the walk will be a gathering at a landmark drinking establishment.

 

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