Brian Platzer + Jodi Kantor: Bed-Stuy is Burning
Tuesday July 11: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
With “the mordant wit of Franzen, the dazzling smarts of Roth, and the compassion of Tolstoy” (Rafael Yglesias, author of A Happy Marriage), and which Alice McDermott called a millennial Bonfire of the Vanities, author Brian Platzer has penned an intimately relatable tale about a changing neighborhood and its residents.
His book follows Aaron, a rabbi turned banker, his journalist girlfriend, and their newborn live in the diverse and turbulent Bedford-Stuyvesant as it undergoes the process of gentrification. As more members of the upper-class move into the area the tension rises until a cop shoots a boy. Then the riots begin and Aaron is stuck in the middle.
Bed-Stuy Is Burning offers a look into a collection of complex lives and examines the most pressing issues of our time.
Join us in the Rare book Room as Brian sits down in conversation with New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor to share his novel.