The Stowaway: Laurie Gwen Shapiro with Adam Langer

Wed. May 2, 2018 at 6:30pm EDT
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The true story of a teen from the Lower East Side who hitched a ride to Antarctica.

 In 1928 Antarctica was still largely uncharted territory. No one knew what lay within its frozen depths. Americans were enthralled by Commander Richard Byrd’s planned expedition, with many young men longing to join the adventure. Only Billy Gawronski, New York City high schooler and the son of immigrants, jumped into the Hudson River and climbed aboard.

Documentary filmmaker and journalist Laurie Gwen Shapiro will be in conversation with Adam Langer, culture editor at the Forward, about this audacious stowaway and the era he represents.


Registration does not guarantee admission. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A stand by line will form thirty minutes before the program.

The Program Room opens at 6 PM.

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Mid-Manhattan Library Program Room 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance)
New York, NY 10018