Brookdale’s Visiting Writers Fall 2019 Series kicks off on Tuesday, October 8 at 7 p.m. with Eco-Writer and Transgender-Activist Alex DiFrancesco.

DiFrancesco is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction and journalism whose work has appeared in Tin House, The Washington Post and many other publications. DiFrancesco’s most recent work includes a collection of essays, Psychopomps, and the novel All City. Both were published in 2019.

The Independent Book Review said about the author: “Alex DiFrancesco is a storyteller who captures hearts as well as minds, providing the light and voice to many readers who still find themselves in situations where their voices aren’t heard.”Picture of the cover of the novel All City.

All City is set in a near-future New York City where both global warming and a tremendous economic divide are making the city unlivable for many. When a huge superstorm hits, it leaves behind only those who had nowhere else to go and no way to get out.

In this warm and lovely novel set in a near-future New York battered by climate change and gentrification, DiFrancesco braids together art, power, crisis, and community organizing…this loving, grieving warning thoughtfully traces the resilience, fragility, and joy of precarious communities in an immediate, compassionate voice,” wrote Publisher’s Weekly in its review.

The Dr. Carl Calendar Visiting Writers Series brings influential authors to Brookdale Community College. The event is free and open to the public with a $3 suggested donation to the Creative Writing Club. The reading will be held in the Navesink rooms of the Student Life Center. The event is co-sponsored by the International Education Center in support of its ONE WORLD: Environmental Issues theme.

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