The immortal Jazz Age couple Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald will be celebrated on Governors Island with their very own house on August 26 and 27. As part of the Empire State Center for the Book, which brings weekly literary events to the island, fans and enthusiasts of the Fitzgeralds are invited to come to two free days of programming. All events are in the Center’s house, Nolan Park 4B.
Just a short walk from the Brooklyn and Manhattan ferries, the talks, readings, and discussions are open to the public and free. The events are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The special guest is author-editor Anne Margaret Daniel (http://www.annemargaretdaniel.com) on Sunday at 2:00. Ms. Daniel is the editor of the #1 Fitzgerald book this year, “I’d Die For You: And Other Lost Stories” (Simon and Schuster). This collection of previously uncollected short fiction has been warmly received. NPR said, “”A treasure trove for Fitzgerald enthusiasts, scholars, and aspiring writers… an invaluable glimpse into a brilliant but struggling writer’s process.” Selections from the book will be read both days at the house. Copies will be available.
All guests are encouraged to come in their finest 1920s-1940s attire, in the spirit of Scott and Zelda. The same weekend on Governors Island is the famous Jazz Age Lawn Party, created by Michael Arenella. The distance to the JALP is five minutes’ walk, across the Parade Ground.
The Empire State Center for the Book, which promotes reading and literacy in New York, is on Governors Island all season. The organization is located in an 1855 former officer family quarters on Generals Row. Follow signs to Nolan Park; the home is next door to the commanding general’s house (look for the two cannons).