New book by Colson Whitehead ’87 is published today!
Colson Whitehead ’87 releases his new novel, Crook Manifesto, with Doubleday today. Crook Manifesto combines crime fiction and social history, bringing back protagonist Ray Carney from Harlem Shuffle in a darkly funny tale of New York City in the 1970s.
Colson is a number one New York Times bestselling author and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
For more information, visit: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/608670/crook-manifesto-by-colson-whitehead/
New book by Steven Fraccaro ’70 is published!
Steven Fraccaro ’70 has published Skeleton Keys, a book of what he terms “hybrid prose.” Included are pieces that might be regarded as short narratives, miniature essays, and prose poems of visual phenomena, thinking, writing, modes of apprehending the world, what we consider in the predawn hours, and what we forget in harsh daylight. Written in a language that partakes of the character of poetry and prose, the work is insistent, subliminal, insidious, and intentional.
Steven is the author of two novels, Dark Angels and Gainsborough’s Revenge, and a book of essays, The Recalcitrant Scrivener. As the editor of Renegade Magazine, 1978-1980, he published writing by Walter Abish, Ron Silliman, Kathy Acker, and Constance DeJong, among others. He has also written the text for NY Pier 34, a book of photographs by Javier Domingo documenting the clandestine 1980s art project that was ultimately demolished.
Skeleton Keys is published by Chax Press. For more information, visit: https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781946104397/skeleton-keys.aspx
Colson Whitehead ’87 is awarded a National Humanities Meda...
Colson Whitehead ’87 was awarded a 2021 National Humanities Medal at a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, 21 March. National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals are the federal government’s highest honors for contributions to the arts and humanities. The 2021 ceremony was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Colson is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his books of historical fiction “The Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys.”
For more information, visit: https://www.neh.gov/news/2021-national-humanities-medals
New book by Diana Murray ’90 is published!
Diana Murray ’90 has published Someday, Maybe, a new picture book that imagines and explores children’s dreams of their futures with exciting careers, discoveries, and innovations.
Diana is the author of over twenty children’s books, including the bestselling Unicorn Day series and Junior Library Guild Selections City Shapes and Goodnight, Veggies. Her poems have appeared in Highlights, High Five, and Spider.
For more information, visit: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250782755/somedaymaybe
In celebration of Pi Day, we honor the memory of Dr. Thomas ...
In celebration of Pi Day, we honor the memory of alumnus Dr. Thomas H. Wolff ’71 (1954-2000), a leading analyst and professor of mathematics at the California Institute of Technology, who proved several important theorems in the study of mathematical functions. Regarded as a top expert in his field, he made groundbreaking discoveries in harmonic and complex analysis, potential theory, and differential equations. A recipient of the Salem Prize and the Bôcher Memorial Prize, Dr. Wolff received his AB from Harvard College and PhD in mathematics from University of California, Berkeley.
Read more about Dr. Wolff at: https://www.ams.org/notices/200105/fea-wolff.pdf
New book by Nicholas T. “Nick” Bruel ’83 is pu...
Nicholas T. "Nick" Bruel ’83 publishes Bad Kitty Does Not Like Valentine's Day today. The naughty feline of the Bad Kitty series is back in this holiday adventure about receiving and giving a Valentine.
Nick is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Bad Kitty series, including the 2012 and 2013 Children's Book Council (CBC) Children's Book Choice Award winners Bad Kitty Meets the Baby and Bad Kitty for President. Nick has also written and illustrated popular picture books, including Who Is Melvin Bubble?, Bob and Otto, and A Wonderful Year.
For more information, visit: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250749956/badkittydoesnotlikevalentinesday
New book by Aleksandra Crapanzano ’88 is published!
Aleksandra Crapanzano ’88 has published "Gâteau: The Surprising Simplicity of French Cakes," a practical and simple cookbook filled with over 100 rigorously tested recipes and charming illustrations in which she shares the secrets of cakes Parisians bake at home.
Aleksandra is a James Beard-winning writer and dessert columnist for the "Wall Street Journal." She is the author of "The London Cookbook" and "Eat. Cook. LA.," and her work has been widely anthologized, most notably in "Best American Food Writing." She has been a frequent contributor to "Bon Appetit," "Food & Wine," "Food52," "Saveur," "Town & Country," "Elle," "The Daily Beast," "Departures," "Travel + Leisure," and the "New York Times Magazine."
For more information, visit: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Gateau/Aleksandra-Crapanzano/9781982169732
New book by Emma K. Walton Hamilton ’80 is published!
Emma K. Walton Hamilton ’80 and her mother, Julie Andrews, have published "The First Notes: The Story of Do, Re, Mi," a picture book that introduces readers to the remarkable story of Guido d’Arezzo’s development of musical notation.
Emma is a bestselling and award-winning author, editor, stage, television and podcast writer/producer, performer, and arts educator. Together with her mother, Julie Andrews, she has co-authored over thirty books for children and adults, nine of which have been on the "New York Times" bestseller list. She was a two-time Emmy Award nominee for her role as executive producer and writer for "Julie’s Greenroom," a children’s television program about the performing arts created for Netflix, starring Julie Andrews and co-produced by the Jim Henson Company. Currently, she and her mother co-host and co-produce "Julie’s Library," a story-time podcast for family audiences produced by American Public Media. A faculty member of Stony Brook University’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, Emma teaches all forms of children’s book writing and serves as director of their Children’s Literature Fellows Program and annual Children’s Literature Conference, as well as executive director of the Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP), an interdisciplinary writing program for middle and high school students.
For more information about the book, please visit: https://www.lbyr.com/titles/julie-andrews/the-first-notes/9780316265904/
Sophie Barbasch ’03 has a solo exhibition of photographs a...
Sophie Barbasch ’03 has a solo exhibition of photographs titled "Obras" at the Penumbra Foundation. As a Fulbright Scholar, Sophie lived in Fortaleza, Brazil, for one year and photographed the Transnordestina, a railroad under construction in the Northeast that ties the desert to the sea. A publication under the same title, "Obras," is available at the gallery. The Penumbra Foundation is located at 36 East 30th Street, New York, NY. "Obras" is currently on view until Monday, 7 November.
For more information, visit: https://www.penumbrafoundation.org/project-gallery-current
New book by Phoebe Zerwick ’78 is published!
Phoebe Zerwick ’78 has published her debut book, Beyond Innocence: The Life Sentence of Darryl Hunt, with Atlantic Monthly Press. A deeply reported account of injustice, exoneration, and the lifelong impact of incarceration, Beyond Innocence tells the saga of Hunt's remarkable life that illuminates the realities of the American justice system.
Phoebe is an award-winning investigative journalist, narrative writer, and college professor. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, The Nation, the Winston-Salem Journal, and Glamour, among other publications. Her work has been recognized by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, Columbia University, and the North Carolina Press Association and featured in the HBO documentary The Trials of Darryl Hunt. She is the director of the journalism program at Wake Forest University.
For more information, visit: https://groveatlantic.com/book/beyond-innocence/
Alumni profile – Edward M. Cimilluca ’56
In 1953, Edward M. Cimilluca ’56 received a full scholarship to attend Trinity School's Upper School for three years. Ed says, "If you asked me to point out important parts of my life, going to Trinity School would be one of the most impactful. It was a great education and an all-around wonderful experience."
Ed was born and raised in New York City. He grew up in Inwood and attended public school through the ninth grade. Ed does not recall hearing about Trinity before he applied. His mother learned that two boys who attended their church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, had recently received scholarships to go to Trinity. Ed's uncle, the headmaster of Brunswick School in Greenwich, also encouraged Ed and his mother to look into Trinity. Shortly afterwards, Ed's mother contacted Headmaster Matthew E. Dann, an interview took place, and they inquired about a scholarship; one was available, so he applied for it. Ed says, "I can't believe how lucky I was. My mother was the real hero."
The transition from public school to Trinity was surprising for Ed. He says, "It was night and day. First off, you had to wear a blazer and a tie. And you had to go to chapel every day." Classes were held on Saturdays, too. However, he immediately appreciated the small class sizes. Ed's class of 1956 included thirty-six students.
Each school day began with chapel, which Ed says eventually, "became second nature." After chapel, students would go to their homeroom. One of his homeroom teachers was Paul Bolduc, who also acted as an advisor. Ed says that similar to many of his teachers, Monsieur Bolduc was approachable, always present, and available, during school and after classes. One of Ed's English teachers was Clarence Bruner-Smith, who Ed refers to as a "legend." And Dudley Maxim ’32, who Ed calls "another legend," was his coach on the basketball team.
During Ed's three years at Trinity, he was active in athletics—baseball, basketball, and, during his last two years, soccer. Playing sports allowed Ed to get to know fellow students Douglas T. Tansill ’56 and William P. Scully ’57, who helped ease his transition to Trinity. The three have remained friends over the years.
In Ed's senior year at Trinity, he applied to Brown University, Middlebury College, and Trinity College, and was accepted into all three. Prior to selecting which he would attend, he visited Trinity College for a tour and Edward Babington ’53 arranged various social activities for Ed. He has vivid memories of Ed’s and the other students' kindness and support which gave him "a good feeling for the school." Ed's Upper School classmates Tansill and Scully also attended Trinity College, and all are currently active with their alma maters, Trinity School and Trinity College. Ed says, "I feel very proud that we all went to the same schools." Ed received his BA in history, with a minor in religion.
In 1960, Ed was accepted into Naval Officer Candidate School. He says, "I really wanted to see the world." Ed was in the US Navy for three years and four months. He experienced first-hand the Cuban Missile Crisis; he was the communications officer on a destroyer in the Caribbean, ensuring the equipment was always working as they tracked missiles leaving Cuba.
Ed had tremendous responsibilities as a twenty-two-year-old. He says, "I had fifty people reporting to me. I was under a lot of pressure." Overall, however, Ed has fond memories of the Navy. He says, "I’m not sure I would have gone to business school had I not gone into the Navy and had time to think about what I wanted to do."
Shortly after leaving the Navy, Ed went to Columbia Business School, where he received his MBA. "I went right through in eighteen months, three semesters in a row, including the summer." Columbia was also where he first remembers seeing a female, for the first time since grade school, as a classmate. He says, "At Trinity School there were no girls; at Trinity College there were no girls; in the US Navy, there were no girls." Ed says, he is now a strong supporter of coed schools. His children and grandchildren all attended coed schools.
Ed's first job was with General Foods in White Plains. He says, "Being a product manager in a marketing company was something a lot of people wanted to do, and I was really fortunate to get one of those jobs." During his six-year tenure at General Foods, Ed married his wife, Carol.
Ed's appreciation of the small communities and classes at Trinity School and Trinity College still resonated with him; he realized he wanted to work for a smaller company, so he moved to the brokerage firm Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette. Ed says, "They essentially invented institutional research, and I became their food and beverage analyst; they thought it would be a good idea to have somebody who had actually been in the industry."
After ten years at Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette, Ed accepted a position at Lehman Brothers, where he became a managing director. His interest and expertise in financial analysis continued and, after fifteen years at Lehman, he moved to J. & W. Seligman & Co., as a director of research for two years and then to ING Furman Selz for fourteen years where he managed investment accounts. During this time, Ed and Carol raised their two children, a son and a daughter, in Summit, New Jersey.
At sixty-seven years old, with almost forty years of experience on and around Wall Street, Ed retired. He and Carol moved to New York City, where they lived on East End Avenue. Ed says, "We got to know New York once again. It's a great place to retire if you can." He had worked in New York for many years, but during retirement is when he and Carol could enjoy the city without job responsibilities. After ten years of living in the city, they now live full-time in Rhode Island, where they have long had a summer home in Matunuck, a small village near Narragansett.
Ed will be eighty-three in March. He reflects on specific points in his life now with immense gratitude and affection, especially his three years in the Upper School at Trinity. Ed says his Trinity experience was "life-changing" and a "seminal event in his life." He cherishes his education and the friendships he made at the school. He also attributes his philanthropic leadership and community service work to his time at Trinity. Ed has served as a trustee on numerous boards, including the South County Hospital Board and the South Kingstown Land Trust in Rhode Island.
More recently, Ed and Carol have established a family scholarship at Trinity. He says, "It’s based on giving someone an opportunity, which I was very lucky to get. I got three free years of a wonderful education. I’d like to give something back. That’s the simplest way for me to explain it."
New book by Thatcher Wine ’90 is published today!
Thatcher Wine ’90 publishes his new book, The Twelve Monotasks: Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better, today. Based on Thatcher's personal experience as a parent, entrepreneur, and cancer survivor and his research in neuroscience, productivity, and mindfulness, the book features practical tips and daily exercises to help everyone strengthen their "monotasking muscles," so they can lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives. "The Twelve Monotasks" is released by Little, Brown Spark. Thatcher is the founder and CEO of Juniper Books.
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Colson Whitehead ’87 is named New York State Author
On 15 August, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Colson Whitehead ’87 is the 12th New York State Author and will be the recipient of the New York State Edith Wharton Citation of Merit for Fiction Writers. His inauguration will take place on Friday, 28 September at 7:30pm, at the University at Albany, and will be free and open to the public.
Jason Golfinos ’13 leads his team to a triumphant win in t...
Jason Golfinos ’13, a masters student in Darwin College at Cambridge University, and the captain of Darwin College’s first team to enter the University Challenge, was a shining star when the team competed and won against SOAS, University of London, on 13 August. He set a record by buzzing for thirteen starters and answered every question in the bonus round.
Congratulations to Matthew E. Malone ’14, winner of a ...
Matthew E. Malone '14, a linguistics and mathematics double major in the class of 2018 at Columbia College, is the recipient of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, a prestigious scholarship established in 2000 by a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Cambridge University to furnish students from outside the United Kingdom with the opportunity to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. He is one of 36 recipients from the United States. He will pursue an MPhil in theoretical and applied linguistics at Cambridge. He plans to continue the research and work he has been doing for his senior thesis at Columbia on endangered Bantu languages. This past summer, he traveled to Kribi, Cameroon to begin this work by recording the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the highly-endangered language Bapuku by working one-on-one with Bapuku speakers. Ultimately he hopes to pursue a PhD in linguistics and to become a linguistics professor and researcher.
New book by award-winning journalist Catherine Price ’...
Catherine Price '97, an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Best American Science Writing and in The New York Times and numerous other publications, is the author of a new book, How To Break Up With Your Phone. In How To Break Up With Your Phone, Catherine Price investigates and reveals why using smartphones and apps feel addictive; how our phones siphon our time and chip away at our capabilities for attentiveness and focus; and what we can do to take back control. Full of strategies, tips, and actionable changes, How To Break Up With Your Phone is a necessary beacon and an essential guide to mindful and deliberate smartphone use. Ten Speed Press will release How To Break Up With Your Phone on 13 February 2018.
Alexandra “Alex” Fribourg ’00 has first no...
Alexandra "Alex" Fribourg '00, writing as A.F. Brady, published her first novel, The Blind, with Park Row Books, an imprint of HarperCollins/Harlequin, on 26 September 2017. The Blind is a psychological suspense novel about an eminent psychologist at a Manhattan psychiatric institution whose troubled new patient makes her become more aware and more afraid of the darkness in her own life and mind. Kirkus calls it “satisfying [and] darkly funny” and BookPage calls it “twisting [and] fast-paced.” The author’s background as a psychotherapist and New York State licensed mental health counselor informs this gripping book.
Alumni News— Jacob “Jake” Bernstein `87 and Colson Whi...
Two members of the class of 1987 have been awarded 2017 Pulitzer Prizes.
Jacob “Jake” Bernstein `87 received the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. He is one of a consortium of 300 journalists who worked on the story of the Panama Papers, which the prize citation describes as “[exposing] the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens.” His forthcoming book, Secrecy World, will delve further into this story, as will a documentary film that he is executive producing.
Colson Whitehead `87 received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel, The Underground Railroad, which the prize citation describes as “a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.”
Emily Warren Schwartz ’11 Wins Grammy!
On Sunday, 12 February "Don't Let Me Down" by The Chainsmokers, won the Grammy award for Best Dance Recording. Emily Warren Schwartz ’11, who performs as Emily Warren, is a member of the group and is one of three writers credited for the song. "Don't Let Me Down," was the group's first top five single on US "Billboard" Hot 100, peaking at number three on the chart.On Sunday, 12 February "Don't Let Me Down" by The Chainsmokers, won the Grammy award for Best Dance Recording. Emily Warren Schwartz ’11, who performs as Emily Warren, is a member of the group and is one of three writers credited for the song. "Don't Let Me Down," was the group's first top five single on US "Billboard" Hot 100, peaking at number three on the chart.
Alvin L. Bragg Jr. ’91 is today’s Upper School’s Commu...
Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice and Alumnus, Alvin L. Bragg Jr. ’91 is today’s Upper School’s Community Time speaker. He currently oversees six divisions of the Social Justice Division, including charities, civil rights, environmental protection, health care, labor, and tobacco compliance. Previously, Bragg specialized in the investigation of officials’ misconduct and was an assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division of the Attorney’s Office in New York’s Southern District. He received his A.B. from Harvard University and his JD from Harvard Law School. For more information visit: https://www.ag.ny.gov/senior-staff
Alumna Marguerite F. Karter Elisofon ’74 releases her memo...
Alumna Marguerite F. Karter Elisofon ’74 releases her memoir My Picture Perfect Family: What Happens When One Twin Has Autism. One of the fastest growing developmental disabilities in the U.S., Elisofon describes the courage needed to raise and advocate for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Download a free excerpt here: http://margueriteelisofon.com/book
Alumna Damaris Rosa Hernández ’97 is profiled in the New ...
Alumna Damaris Rosa Hernández ’97 is profiled in the New York Times’ “Deal Book” section. She is the first Latina to become a partner a the law firm of Cravath, Swaine, & Moore. Read the article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/04/business/dealbook/law-firms-first-latina-partner-with-boost-from-nyu-program.html?_r=0
Alumna Cynthia Carris Alonso ’81 discusses commercial flig...
Alumna Cynthia Carris Alonso ’81 discusses commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba on WABC’s show, “Tiempo,” a weekly round-table discussion about topics affecting Hispanic citizens. Visit their website here: http://abc7ny.com/uncategorized/tiempo-watch-this-weeks-show/31525/
Alumnus James Panero ’94 celebrates birthday by visiting e...
Alumnus James Panero ’94 celebrates milestone birthday by visiting every gallery in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and writing about his experience for the Wall Street Journal. James successfully rises to the challenge, covering a total of two million square feet. Tanya Rivero also interviews James for the WSJ’s live video news series, “Lunch Break.” Read the full article here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/meet-the-met-1454537974
Peter B. Zwack ’73, publishes opinion piece in the online ...
Former Brigadier General with the U.S. Army and Alumnus, Peter B. Zwack ’73, publishes opinion piece in the online national security publication, Defense One, recounting his experience as a U.S. Army Military Intelligence in Moscow. His account includes time spent with Russia’s Military Intelligence Chief, Igor Sergun. View the article here: https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2016/02/death-gru-commander/125567/?oref=d-skybox
Alumna Daphne Uviller ’89 publishes Wife of the Day
Alumna Daphne Uviller ’89 publishes Wife of the Day, the third installment in the Zephyr Zuckerman Series. Uviller’s beloved amateur sleuth is thrown into the world of New York City real estate. For more information, visit: https://www.daphneuviller.com/
Alumni Samuel Halpern Sugerman ’12, Benjamin Nathaniel Ros...
Alumni Samuel Halpern Sugerman ’12, Benjamin Nathaniel Rosenblum ’11, along with fellow student jazz musicians are profiled by the New York Times in the article, “Melodies Night and Day in this Columbia Dorm.” Occupants of the Columbia University Jazz House discuss balancing their academic studies while performing jazz. Visit article, here: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/29/nyregion/life-in-a-columbia-dorm-adopts-a-fascinating-rhythm.html
Alumnus Vincent Katz ’78 reads from his latest collection ...
Alumnus Vincent Katz ’78 reads from his latest collection of poems, Swimming Home, at St. Mark’s Bookshop. A poet, critic, translator, editor, and curator, Swimming Home is his first book of poetry in a decade. Published by Nightboat Books.
Alumna Abigail Naomi Jackson ’98 makes her literary debut ...
Alumna Abigail Naomi Jackson ’98 makes her literary debut with the novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill. She begins her book tour in New York City, and will join fellow writers Yitzhak Gormezano Goren and Juan Villoro to discuss the topic of navigating cultures through the lens of geography and history.
Alumna Cynthia Carris Alonso ’81 talks about her recently ...
Alumna Cynthia Carris Alonso ’81 talks about her recently published collection of photographs, Passage to Cuba: An Up-Close Look at the World's Most Colorful Culture. Alonso has worked as a photographer and photo editor for the publications Businessweek, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair, among others. She has been traveling to Cuba regularly since the early 1990s.
Judy Glantzman ’74 debuts new work at the Betty Cuningham ...
Alumnus Kevin McEnroe ’04 makes his literary debut with Ou...
Alumnus Kevin McEnroe ’04 makes his literary debut with Our Town: A Novel, published by Counterpoint Press. Our Town has been praised by Hilton Als as “one of those auspicious debuts that cannot be explained because real talent cannot be explained.” For more information visit: http://counterpointpress.com/products/our-town/
Alumnus Brian D. De Leeuw ’99 kicks off his Brooklyn book ...