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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 Press author David J. Goodwin featured on Jersey Digs

By FUPress | October 26, 2017

Author David J. Goodwin discusses Jersey City’s lost artistic potential and his new book, Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street, published by Fordham University Press. “The Lost Potential of Jersey City’s 111 1st Street” Author David Goodwin discusses the story and legacy of 111 …

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Pamela Hanlon’s A Worldly Affair in The Nation

By FUPress | October 16, 2017

The Nation‘s Atossa Araxia Abrahamian discusses the role and status of the U.N. in NYC, and Pamela Hanlon’s new book, A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond, published by Fordham University Press.  “International Territory: Three new books map the ambiguities of the UN’s extraterritorial status.” By Atossa …

Sam Roberts from The New York Times on Pam Hanlon's new book, A Worldly Affair

By FUPress | September 18, 2017

Sam Roberts from The New York Times discusses Pamela Hanlon’s new book, A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond, published by Fordham University Press: “When the World Called for a Capital”, by Sam Roberts, The New York Times  September 14, 2017  “In the late 18th century, …

The Future of Art & Artists in Jersey City

By FUPress | July 17, 2017

With input from Fordham Press author David J. Goodwin, Jersey Digs discusses the future of art and artists in Jersey City.  “David Goodwin, an urbanist and writer, recently contributed an article to Strong Towns about the scary state of the arts in Jersey City, sparked by an open letter from Jersey City artists and arts …

PW Review: Left Bank of the Hudson

By FUPress | June 19, 2017

Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street David J. Goodwin. Fordham Univ, $24.95 (176p) ISBN 978-0-8232-7803-9 Publishers Weekly | June 19, 2017 A former tobacco-company warehouse turned artist colony in Jersey City, N.J., serves as a microcosm of American urban development in the …

MURDER, INC. AND THE MORAL LIFE

By FUPress | March 15, 2017

“….history is not merely something to be read…and it does not merely refer to the past…On the contrary, history is literally present in all we do…”—James Baldwin History can be and often is a sobering reflection of the past, but also an equally important and welcomed window into the present …