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EMPIRE STATE EDITIONS

New York ReLit, a sub-imprint of Empire State Editions, publishes historical literary fiction. 

"Historical fiction as well made and whole as this is not common . . . Convincing and intriguing . . . Hardly a page of this book is without some revelation."—The New York Times Book Review

"Peter Quinn’s extraordinarily fine and ingenious novel, Banished Children of Eve, shows how much we are made of history . . . Unflinching in its depiction of prejudice and, for that matter, of grace, Quinn deftly weaves the lives of his characters into an intricate web of past and present, of association and moral involvement, until I, at least, had a sense not only of this terrible time but of history itself at the fundamental level, of the individual actions that make up its fabric."—The Boston Sunday Globe

"Vividly imagined, scrupulously researched, and almost disorienting in its authenticity . . . A historical classic . . . Nothing short of splendid."—The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Exceptional . . .The author’s pungent style, refusal to romanticize, and affinity for historical details all blend to make Banished Children of Eve an achingly vibrant panorama of ethnic feuds and struggles."Los Angeles Times

"A stunning portrayal of New York in 1863 . . . Would that all history be told as well."—Chicago Sun-Times

NEW RELEASE!

Tells the story of the building of the American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium, a story of history, politics, science, and exploration, including the roles of American presidents, New York power brokers, museum presidents, planetarium directors, polar and African explorers, and German rocket scientists.

“What the Museum has done, in different ways, through the different stages of its life, is to feed the human sense of wonder at the universe.” —Kermit Roosevelt III, from his Foreword

“An adroitly written and researched narrative.” —Gotham: A Blog for Scholars of New York City History

“One of my most cherished childhood memories as a visitor to New York was the breathtaking moment when the lights were lowered at the Hayden Planetarium and the skyline of the city and the night sky emerged. Thanks to Colin Davey’s similar experiences that led him to write this informative book, it rekindled that magical moment for me and explained in great detail the wonderful story of an institution I loved but knew so little about.” —Sara Cedar Miller, Historian Emerita, Central Park Conservancy

 

Left Bank of the Hudson

Fordham Conversation Host Robin Shannon talks with Author David J. Goodwin. The Assistant Director at Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture discusses his book Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street. It tells the story of a former New Jersey warehouse turned artist colony and the battle over art and development.

In part one, we discussed the history of the tobacco company turned New Jersey warehouse and its historic connection to New York City.

In part 2, the discussion starts as the Jersey City warehouse is being turned into an artist colony. We also dig deeper into the battle over art and development

Established in 2010, the Empire State Editions imprint from Fordham University Press seeks to publish high-quality books that highlight the diversity, vitality, and rich history of New York City and the Hudson Valley. Books published under the imprint tend to be oriented toward a general interest audience but scholarly content that reaches a wide audience are also part of the evolving collection.  View our full list of Empire State Editions books here.

For more information see the author resources page.

Praise for Empire State Editions

“In presenting lively...case studies of what he regards as the most important unbuilt lines, Mr. Raskin encourages his readers to think about the adaptable nature of the city.”—Wall Street Journal

"Pamela Hanlon in her new book about the UN and New York City's evolving relationship. . . gives the sweeping developments surrounding the UN a particular locality and tells the story of postwar internationalism in a readable, human way."

The Nation

“. . . Thanks to Campo's unbiased writing, this is a great book of what the city used to be.”

Ink New York

"Minutely detailed. . . a 'case study' of the promises and drawbacks of pluralism.”—The New York Times Book Review

“In 'Walking New York', essayist Stephen Miller takes a look at the city's literary perambulators, examining the writing of Stephen Crane, Alfred Kazin and Teju Cole, among others, and offering an evolving portrait of New York through the centuries. 'Each Writer' Mr. Miller says in the book's preface, 'wanders a different city'.”

The New York Observer

In the News

Fordham University Press announces the publication of the first novel in its new imprint New York ReLit

By Kate O'Brien-Nicholson | October 29, 2020

New York, NY — Fordham University Press has announced the formation of New York ReLit, a sub-imprint of Empire State Editions, which will publish historical literary fiction, beginning with the March 2021 trade paperback re-issue of a timely American classic: distinguished Irish American author Peter Quinn’s 1995 American Book Award-winning …

Empire State Editions book makes the New York Post

By Kate O'Brien-Nicholson | March 2, 2020

America’s Last Great Newspaper War Mike Jaccarino (nonfiction, Empire State Editions) The circulation battle between the New York Daily News and the New York Post — the Hatfields and the McCoys of American media — was an epic tabloid fight, waged as digital media was on the rise and print …

An Age of Decision

By Kate O'Brien-Nicholson | February 7, 2020

Old couples frequently experience friction over where to live and travel and how to spend money. By Stephen Miller, author Walking New York: Reflections of American Writers From Walt Whitman to Teju Cole The Wall Street Journal | Opinion / Commentary / January 8, 2020 The title character in T.S. …

8 Fun Facts about The American Museum of Natural History

By Kate O'Brien-Nicholson | July 19, 2019

Did you know that Ulysses S. Grant laid the cornerstone for the American Museum of Natural History? Or how about that in the 1930s, there was a proposal to build a promenade through Central Park to connect the Museum with the Met? Today 6sqft features 8 fun facts from author …

Through an Intimate Lens: The Brooklyn Bridge

By Kate O'Brien-Nicholson | February 1, 2019

“When the Brooklyn Bridge becomes part of your daily commute — or landscape wallpaper on your jog along the East River — it’s easy to overlook its impressive beauty.” The Bowery Brothers  For photographer Barbara G. Mensch, the Brooklyn Bridge is more than a massive stone structure that hugs the East …

Support Fordham University Press

By Kate O'Brien-Nicholson | November 27, 2018

  #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Help Fordham University Press fulfill its mission to further …