Book Talks at the Seaport Museum

Book Talks at the Seaport Museun


The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica. | Book Launch

Tuesday January 16 (SOLD OUT) | 6:30 pm | $10 (free for members) | Purchase Tickets
Date Added: Tuesday January 23 | 6:30 pm | $10 (free for members) | Purchase Tickets


Join the Seaport Museum, along with Simon & Schuster, to celebrate the book launch of Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s new book, The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica.

The Stowaway is the spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who, like many Americans during the Roaring Twenties, fantasized about joining the most famous and daring venture of the era: Commander Richard Byrd’s expedition to Antarctica.

The Stowaway is a thrilling adventure that captures not only the making of a man but of a nation.”
-David Grann, bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon

It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet’s final frontier? Everyone wanted to join the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered every stage of planning. The night before the expedition’s flagship launched, Billy Gawronski—a skinny, first-generation New York City high schooler desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business—jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard. Could he get away with it?

From the grimy streets of New York’s Lower East Side to the rowdy dance halls of sultry Francophone Tahiti, all the way to Antarctica’s blinding white and deadly freeze, The Stowaway takes you on the unforgettable voyage of a gutsy young stowaway who became an international celebrity and a mascot for an up-by-your-bootstraps age.

About the Author: Laurie Gwen Shapiro is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist whose writing has appeared in New York, Slate, Aeon, The Forward, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. The Stowaway is her first full-length work of nonfiction.

This event will be held at the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. Books on sale at the event. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Reception to follow book Launch.


GETTING HERE

By subway:

  • Take the A, C, 2, 3, J, Z, 4, or 5 train to Fulton Street.
  • Upon exiting, walk east on Fulton Street until you reach the museum. Depending on where you exit, the walk takes between 8 and 15 minutes.
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    By bus:

  • Take the M-15 SBS or M-15 to Fulton Street. Note: On the M-15 SBS, you must pay at the bus stop before boarding.
  • Walk one block east.
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    By ferry:

  • The East River Ferry, Water Taxi, and New York Waterway provide service to Pier 11 from Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey.
  • From Pier 11, walk north on South Street for about 5 minutes.
  • Once at Fulton Street, turn left. The Visitor Center (12 Fulton Street) is about a half block west.
  • From the Staten Island Ferry, the museum is about a mile walk Northeast on Water or South Street.
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    Parking:

  • Parking in the area is limited. There is a parking lot located at Front and John Streets, just one block from the museum. Another lot is available at 294 Pearl Street.

    *As we are located in an historic district please contact the museum regarding accessibility needs prior to your visit