Cocktails and Conversation


Thursday, June 9, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


On Thursday, June 9th join The New Rochelle Public Library Foundation for the first in a series of Cocktails & Conversation events, opportunities to mingle with and hear from Westchester’s literati. The evening will take place at award-winning restaurant Alvin & Friends (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) and will feature drinks, savories and spirited conversation with powerhouse literary couple David Friend, author and Vanity Fair editor, and Nancy Paulsen, President and Publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books at Penguin. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Amy Bass, Director of the Honors Program and Professor of History at The College of New Rochelle. The cost is $40 per person (includes two glasses of wine or beer and nibbles). Tickets can be reserved online at or you can send a check to NRPL Foundation, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Alvin & Friends will offer a complimentary glass of wine with your entrée should you decided to also stay for dinner.

DAVID FRIEND is the Editor of Creative Development at Vanity Fair Magazine. He was formerly Life Magazine’s Director of Photography. An Emmy-winning TV producer (9/11; The Flag), author of Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11, journalist, and curator, he has also written the children’s book Baseball, Football, Daddy, and Me. He and his wife, Nancy Paulsen, live in New Rochelle.

NANCY PAULSEN is the Publisher and President of Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. She focuses on picture books that are eye-opening and often funny, and fiction from diverse and distinct voices, especially stories that are inventive and emotionally satisfying. Recent titles include the award-winners Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullally Hunt, Looking for Lincoln by Maira Kalman and Maple by Lori Nichols.

Copies of Mr. Friend’s latest book will be available for sale from The Voracious Reader (1997 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538; phone: (914) 630-4581; [email protected])

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Alvin & Friends Restaurant
14 Memorial Highway
New Rochelle, New York 10801
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016
Times: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ticket pricing:

- $40

Presenter: New Rochelle Public Library Foundation
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