Famed New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik (pictured here with HBE owners Perry and Loretta), author of the new book, “Angels and Ages: A short book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life,” was the celebrity author who spoke tonight at our second Salon — a birthday bash book party!
The event was hosted by our good pal Marcia, who had a big birthday on February 12. She thought it was especially fitting that Adam come to speak about the two men also born on that day.
The birthday girl opened her home to nearly 100 people. Like us, she feels giving back is crucial and chose to have the event catered by New Course Catering, part of 3rd & Eats Restaurant, which provides culinary arts training to homeless and chronically unemployed individuals. For details visit: NewCourseCatering.com.
Hooks Book Events also donated a portion of the sale of Adam Gopnik’s book to Crossway Community, an entrepreneurial, non-profit organization run by Kathleen Guinan. “Our mission is to promote learning, creativity, and community for all families,” Kathleen says. For information visit www.crossway-community.org.
What the guests said:
Sunday’s event was the most intellectual experience I have had in a long time. Thanks so much for inviting me.
This was a Bohemian salon of deep thoughts and noble causes.
Adam’s knowledge and passion were incredibly impressive.
Many writers can write but are not good speakers — I was impressed with Adam’s ability to do both. When is the next salon?
About Adam Gopnik: A writer for The New Yorker since 1986, Adam is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. From 1995 to 2000, he lived in Paris and now lives in New York City with his wife and children. About Angels and Ages: On a memorable day in human history, February 12, 1809, two babies were born an ocean apart: Abraham Lincoln in a one-room Kentucky log cabin; Charles Darwin on an English country estate. It was a time of backward-seeming notions, when almost everyone still accepted the biblical account of creation as the literal truth and authoritarianism as the most natural and viable social order. But by the time both men died, the world had changed: ordinary people understood that life on earth was a story of continuous evolution, and the Civil War had proved that a democracy could fight for principles and endure. And with these signal insights much else had changed besides. Together, Darwin and Lincoln had become midwives to the spirit of a new world, a new kind of hope and faith.