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Center Stage (Columbus Park)

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY United States


Illuminating Tales of Urban Wonder

Alejandro Varela, Henry Hoke, Adam Levin, and Hilary Leichter explore urban living in their captivating, city-driven books. Join this panel discussion on community, identity, and the quest for belonging with Varela’s The People Who Report More Stress, a poignant exploration of LGBTQ identities and family dynamics with New York as the backdrop. In Mount Chicago, Levin reimagines the city in wild and hilarious fashion. Hoke’s Open Throat will engage you in a fantastical world where nature and urban life merge. Meanwhile, Leichter’s metaphysical Terrace Story weaves an intimate tale of family amid every city-dweller’s dream: the magical discovery of new space in a cramped apartment. Moderated by Sarah High (

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