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Author Panel: Queens Fact and Fiction

Join us for an evening with three local authors: Seth Bornstein, Rafael Herrin-Ferri, and Rob MacKay! Rafael, author of All the Queens Houses, will discuss the borough's built environment and how diversity influences our residences; Seth will speak about his novel Swimming to Jerusalem, where Queens is the home to the immigrant protagonist in his story; and Rob, author of Famous People of Queens, will talk about the many famous people that come from Queens.

Seth, Rafael, and Rob will each discuss how their books came to be and how Queens is unique in both real and fictional ways. After their discussion they look forward to an interactive chat with attendees.


Please RSVP here.


Seth Bornstein has written plays, short stories and essays. Swimming to Jerusalem is his first novel. He has had a career in urban economic development with positions in the public, private and academic sectors. Since 2009 he has been the Executive Director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation.

Rob MacKay was a longtime, award-winning community journalist who now works for the Queens Economic Development Corporation as the deputy director for community. He handles the agency’s public relations and operates various social media channels that promote the borough's restaurants, shops, and tourism attractions. The Sunnyside resident also serves as a trustee of the Queens Historical Society. 

Event date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
81-63 Lefferts Blvd.
Kew Gardens, NY 11415-1728
Swimming to Jerusalem By Seth Bornstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9798886790382
Availability: On Our Shelves Recently
Published: Luminare Press - May 30th, 2023

All the Queens Houses: An Architectural Portrait of New York's Largest and Most Diverse Borough By Rafael A. Herrin-Ferri Cover Image
ISBN: 9783868596564
Availability: On Our Shelves Recently
Published: Jovis Verlag - October 15th, 2021

Famous People of Queens (Images of America) By Rob MacKay Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467109499
Availability: On Our Shelves Recently
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - February 6th, 2023