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Ideas Festival 2016: Dan Barry, Maplewood Literary Award

Main Library – Saturday April 2, 2:00-3:30 pm. The recipient of the 2016 Maplewood Literary Award is Dan Barry. Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and reporter for The New York Times and the author of four books, including the forthcoming The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland, set to be released in May 2016.

He is currently the “This Land” columnist for the Times, and has reported extensively on many topics, including the World Trade Center disaster and its aftermath and the damage to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He has also been the City Hall bureau chief, the Long Island bureau chief, a sportswriter, a general assignment reporter, and, for three years, the “About New York” columnist – all for the Times.

Barry has also written Pull Me Up: A Memoir; City Lights: Stories About New York, a collection of his “About New York” columns; and Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game, which received the 2012 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.

Born in Jackson Heights, Queens, Barry grew up on Long Island and has lived in Maplewood since 1999. He and his wife, Mary Trinity, have two daughters, Nora and Grace.

The award will be presented at the conclusion of this event, and copies of Dan Barry’s  books will be for sale and signing.