The Bridge: Peter J. Tomasi with Laura McKinley

Mon. Apr 30, 2018 at 6:30pm EDT
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An award-winning comics writer shares the story behind one of New York's architectural marvels.

More than 130 years after its completion, the Brooklyn Bridge remains one of the most extraordinary landmarks of Brooklyn and New York City. In his new graphic novel, author Peter J. Tomasi and illustrator Sara Duvall show the building of the Brooklyn Bridge as it has never been seen before.  

The Brooklyn Bridge was originally designed by John Augustus Roebling, but it was his son, Washington, who was to oversee the bridge’s construction. While working on the bridge, however, Washington developed caisson disease, leaving him bedridden for the majority of the bridge’s 14-year construction. In an unprecedented move for a woman at the time, his wife Emily took charge of running the worksite, deftly assuming the role of chief engineer, supervising the project and overseeing the workers, contractors, a hostile press, and greedy city politicians. In prose and illustration, The Bridge tells the story of the Roebling's marriage—one based on intellectual equality and mutual support—that made the construction of this iconic structure possible.

Joined by Laura McKinley, librarian and Library Journal reviewer, Tomasi discusses how graphic novels have the potential to reach new audiences and illuminate lesser known chapters of history.


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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