Behind the Book

December 12, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for stories of life in the shadows of war and Wall Street by:

Beverly Gologorsky’s long-awaited, just-published second novel, STOP HERE, through “luminous prose and remarkable insight into human nature,” explores the lives of working-class women and their families through the lens of war, destruction, loss, and economic struggle.  Elizabeth Strout has praised its “unflinching, piercing . . . [look] straight into the face of class in this country, capturing the reverberations across generations of who really fights our wars, who really serves our coffee, who really gets up in the dark to wipe the diners’ counter clean.” Beverly’s acclaimed debut novel, THE THINGS WE DO TO MAKE IT HOME, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times Best Fiction selection, and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers Award.  Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including the New York Times, Newsweek, The Nation, and the LA Times.

Laura Hemphill’s “gripping and thought-provoking” debut novel, BUYING IN, set in Manhattan’s investment banks in the months just before the financial crash, is one of the rare novels to tackle Wall Street from the perspective of women.  BUYING IN has been praised by Teddy Wayne as “an absorbing and affecting study of high finance and the toll it takes on one’s non-capitalistic identity, with much to say about gender in the workplace,” while Joanna Smith Rakoff has noted its “insider’s clear-eyed take on the subprime lending crisis [and] chilling look at the lives of women in banking.” Laura spent seven years on Wall Street, at Lehman Brothers, Credit Suisse, and hedge fund Dune Capital before leaving the financial sector to write Buying In.  Her writing has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek and on

About Behind the Book
Founded in 2003, Behind the Book is a small NYC literacy nonprofit that gets kids excited about reading by connecting them with contemporary writers and illustrators who reflect their experiences, communities, and backgrounds.  Working with low-income students in the 1st-12th grades, we bring authors and their books into individual classrooms as part of creative-writing programs that incorporate direct and sustained interaction between students and the authors.  We are building a new generation of readers and writers.