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New York historical fiction author and magazine editor Nancy Bilyeau will discuss the history of the turn of the century Coney Island amusement park Dreamland, with the help of original photographs and postcards, and how she made use of its dramatic story in her new novel, 'Dreamland,' which was praised in Publishers Weekly: "Bilyeau populates her story with achingly believable, realistically flawed characters. This fascinating portrait of the end of the Gilded Age deserves a wide audience."
One of the book's themes is the stark difference between the amusement parks in 1911, which were dubbed "Sodom by the Sea," and the luxury hotels less than a mile away in present day Manhattan Beach, which were visited by the cream of Edwardian Society in Europe as well as such Americans as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. A reading from the book will be included as well as Q&A.
Photo Credit - Joshua Kessler
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