New York: Give Me Your Best or Your Worst Presented by: Elizabeth Crowens
Writer and photographer, Elizabeth Crowens is one of 500 New York City-based artists to receive funding through the City Artist Corps Grants program, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre.
She was recognized for New York: Give Me Your Best or Your Worst, her photo-illustrated anthology, which brought her published book along with ten other authors to Mysterious Bookshop in Lower Manhattan at 58 Warren Street on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. for an in-store event and author signing along with a simultaneous Facebook Live presentation and recording for Jim Freund’s WBAI program Hour of the Wolf.
~ SJ Rozan, best-selling author of The Art of Violence
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Author contributors include:
- Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of over 31 award-winning mystery and thriller novels, including the Jesse Stone series for the estate of Robert B. Parker. Called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan.
- Charles Salzberg, former magazine journalist, crime novelist of the Shamus Award-nominated Henry Swann series, founding member of the New York Writers Workshop.
- Tom Straw, Emmy and WGA-nominated writer-producer, credits include Nurse Jackie, Night Court, Grace Under Fire, Whoopie, and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Crime novelist under the pen name of Richard Castle.
- Randee Dawn, Entertainment journalist for Today.com, Variety, and the Los Angeles Times. Co-editor of Across the Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles and The Law & Order: SUV Companion, and speculative fiction writer of the upcoming Tune in Tomorrow.
- Barbara Krasnoff, Reviews Editor at The Verge, over 45 published short stories, Nebula Award finalist, author of the “mosaic” novel The History of Soul 2065.
- Steven Van Patten, TV stage manager by day, horror writer by night. Co-host of the Beef, Wine and Shenanigans podcast, winner of several African American Literary Awards.
- Triss Stein writes mysteries that all take place in Brooklyn.
- Marco Conelli, former NYPD detective, consultant to Mary Higgins Clark, and Silver Falchion award-winner for young adult mysteries and the police procedural Cry For Help, taking place in The Bronx.
- R.J. Koreto, historical mystery writer focusing on New York during the Gilded Age.
- Richie Narvaez, award-winning mystery author of Hipster Death Rattle, Holly Hernandez and the Death of Disco, and Noiryorican.
- Elizabeth Crowens, over 25 years in the entertainment industry, member of the International Cinematographers Guild as a Still Photographer (Imdb.com credited: Sheri Lane), award-winning writer of novels in the Hollywood mystery and alternate history genres. Recipient of the Leo B. Burstein Scholarship by the NY Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Editor and photographer for New York: Give Me Your Best or Your Worst based on her Facebook Caption Contests. elizabethcrowens.com, @Ecrowens on Twitter, and Elizabeth Crowens on Facebook!
MY THOUGHTS -
What a fun, amazing book! Being an original Upstate New Yorker myself and someone who has been to NYC several times over my lifetime, I knew I would love this one.
It is a beautiful hardcover book with amazing photographs, some color and some B&W. The pages are glossy and a nice quality that just feel good in your fingers.
All the stories are fantastic, really fantastic! Some are funny, some are sad, some are heartwarming, all of them are creative, interesting, and so very different from each other. I love that all these authors are under one cover.
There are a few stories that really stood out for me. My personal favorite was the very first one called - The Protest Painting by Elizabeth Crowens herself! This one brought tears to my eyes. I am a watercolor and mixed media artist and so I could really relate to this story. The next one I really liked was - The Fishmonger by Barbara Krasnoff. This was an amusing story. A little bit fantasy and a little bit hope. And the last one that I really loved was - Stupid Skeletons by Steven VanPatten. This one started out humorous and gave me a few giggles then turned serious, crazy, but fun.. This story certainly makes you think!
Those were just my favorites, but as I said, I really loved all the stories and poems. I am sure I will be looking at this book over and over... and maybe even reading some out loud.
This would make a GREAT Christmas gift for someone either from NY or who has always had a fascination with NY, but, also for anyone who just loves short stories and great photography!
- Thank You!
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