NYC's First Lady Creates Gracie Mansion Book Club

The public can apply for free tickets to dicuss the books at the mayor’s website

The city’s first lady is opening her home to New Yorkers of all ages for a book club featuring local and notable writers.

Authors James Hannaham, Jacqueline Woodson and A.M. Homes will join Chirlane McCray in selecting six books to read and discuss this year at Gracie Mansion in a series of public events. Each book will touch on the theme of the city’s diversity and immigrant upbringing, city officials say. 

McCray, who has had some of her poems published, will moderate the inaugural meeting, along with James Hannaham. The first book they selected, “Bright Lines” by Tanwi Nandini Islam, will be discussed on May 17.

The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library systems are supporting the Gracie Book Club by making extra copies of the book for each branch.

The public can apply for free tickets at the mayor’s website.

There will also be a livestream of the event on various social media platforms for those who cannot attend in person, according to the mayor’s office.

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