Arts & Entertainment

Springfield Free Public Library Welcomes Author Brian Platzer in his First Appearance Outside New York City

53f290d0484fb85b457d_Brian_Platzer.jpg
Brian Platzer Credits: www.brianplatzer.com
cbf4b95b719e2e83795a_BedStuyisBurning.jpg
Credits: www.brianplatzer.com
53f290d0484fb85b457d_Brian_Platzer.jpg

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Brian Platzer, author of the recently published novel Bed-Stuy is Burning, will be at the Springfield Free Public Library Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a reading and book signing.

Bed-Stuy is Burning, Platzer’s debut novel.  It was released by Atria Press on July 11 and has been described as “Do the Right Thing” meets The Bonfire of the Vanities.” New York Times bestselling author Ann Packer describes the novel as being “about marriage, gentrification, parenthood, race, and the dangerous bargains we make with ourselves,” and describes Platzer as a “tremendously accomplished young writer.” Rafael Yglesias, author of A Happy Marriage, describes the novel as being an amalgam of “the mordent wit of Franzen, the dazzling smarts of Roth, and the compassion of Tolstoy.” The Jewish Book Council called Bed-Stuy is Burning “heart-pounding and relentless.”

Brian Platzer has an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and a BA from Columbia University. His writing has appeared often in The New Yorker’s Shouts and Murmurs and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, as well as in The New York Times, the New Republic, Salon and elsewhere.

Sign Up for E-News

In addition to writing and teaching, Brian is co-founder of Teachers Who Tutor | NYC, New York City’s only tutoring company where all the tutors are classroom teachers with master’s degrees.

He lives with his wife and two young sons in Bed-Stuy and teaches middle school English in Manhattan.

The reading at the Springfield Free Public Library will be his first appearance outside of New York City.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Mountainside

Upcoming Events

Mon, June 25, 9:00 AM

Madison

Kids' Critter Camp

Education

Mon, June 25, 10:00 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Summer Reading Kick-Off: Eyes of the Wild

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, June 27, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sing Two to Feature Vivaldi ...

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, July 11, 8:00 AM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Small business networking breakfast at Summit ...

Business & Finance Education Other

Wed, July 11, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sing Three to Feature Fauré ...

Arts & Entertainment

Westfield to Hold 3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ Celebrating Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

June 24, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

Shakespeare in the Park Returns to Union County, Sunday, July 8

June 24, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the return of Shakespeare in the Park this summer. The first performance will be presented on Sunday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade in Linden.

The Shrew Mechanicals Troupe from The Shakespeare Theatre of New jersey will present an hour long performance of “Powerful Trouble,” a stirring ...

Sleep out at Covenant House

June 18, 2018

I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  Until I saw that movie, I didn’t know homeless children ...

What's Hot and What's Not

Summer is a great time to take a step back, sip a cool beverage, and take a look at what’s going on in the world of college admissions.  Departments use the summer to evaluate how their year went and plan on any changes they want to make for the fall.  Did they over-enroll? Under-enroll?  What application materials were useful to them?  Which were redundant or time ...