The Real Walter Mitty and Other Thurber Fantasies - Bernard Norcott-Mahany 
Sunday, February 23, 2014 | Program: 2 p.m.
Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.
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Join Bernard Norcott-Mahany as he recounts “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (the movie Mitty is not the real Mitty) and other stories and cartoons by James Thurber. Thurber, a writer and cartoonist for The New Yorker from the 1920s through the 1950s, has often been compared with Mark Twain as one of America’s premier humorists. Though very funny, Thurber’s stories have a darker side as well. Come laugh, think, and even cry a bit as we explore Thurber together.
Rachel Cantor helps local readers escape the winter blahs with a discussion of her debut novel, A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee’s Guide to Saving the World. Cantor, whose résumé includes an Italian childhood, French jazz festivals, and Australian food festivals, dishes up an uproarious tale of Leonard, who operates a pizza chain complaint hotline and finds himself inundated with medieval Kabbalists, rare book librarians, and latter-day Baconians. Cantor’s stories have appeared in The Paris Review, One Story, Kenyon Review, Fence, and other publications.