All That You Leave Behind: Erin Lee Carr with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Tue. Apr 30, 2019 at 6:30pm EDT
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Autumn Light The documentary filmmaker remembers her father, legendary journalist David Carr, in a moving new memoir. 

In 2015 David Carr suddenly collapsed in the newsroom of The New York Times and died shortly thereafter. Wracked by grief, his daughter, documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr, went looking for support and comfort in the lifetime of correspondence that they had shared. She was also looking for clues—advice the famous mentor, intrepid journalist, and fiercely loving father might have to offer on how to cope with her devastating loss, and continue on with her life and career.

What began as an exercise resulted in her memoir, All That You Leave Behind, a coming of age account that charts family, addiction, and resilience. Carr shares with readers the unparalleled advice and mentorship that her father was known for generously extending to the many young journalists—as well as to his daughters—who came up under his care. Erin Lee Carr will be joined by one of her father’s admiring mentees, Ta-Nehisi Coates, to discuss the legacy David Carr has left for his family, the journalistic community, and readers at large.


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Celeste Auditorium at South Court (1st Floor) The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016