Special Event Saturday, August 8th, 5pm in the Coney Island Museum! Ask The Experts - Book Reading and Signing - Coney Island Reader

Moody, mystical, and enchanting, Coney Island has thrilled newcomers and soothed native New Yorkers for decades. With its fantasy entertainments, renowned beach foods, world-class boardwalk, and expansive beach, it provides a welcome respite from the city's dense neighborhoods and unrelenting traffic, Coney Island has long offered a kaleidoscopic panorama of people, places, and events, creating, as Lawrence Ferlinghetti once wrote, "a Coney Island of the mind."

The various sides of Coney, as illustrated in fact and fiction, are the subject of a new anthology complied by Louis and John Parascandola, which features a stunning gallery of portraits by the world's finest poets, essayists, and fiction writers--including Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, José Martí, Maxim Gorky, Federico García Lorca, Isaac Bashevis Singer, E. E. Cummings, Djuna Barnes, Colson Whitehead, Robert Olen Butler, and Katie Roiphe.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

The authors will discuss and read excerpts from their book, A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion (Columbia University Press, 2015). A book signing will take place immediately after the reading. Books will be available for purchase for $26.95.