A P.S. 8 parent files this dispatch about last night’s reading event to benefit the school:
Despite drizzling rain, over a hundred people turned out for the first annual PS8 Night to Celebrate Reading Event at Umbrage Gallery in Dumbo last night to hear from over a dozen local authors, as well as actor/director/producer Gabriel Byrne. The event featured well-known authors such as Tad Friend, Warren St. John, Paul Zelinsky, and Josh Neufeld, as well as PS8 parent Melissa Milgrom and future PS8 parent Beth Feldman and others. After much coaxing, Gabriel Byrne joined author Arthur Phillips in an unplanned enactment of Phillips’ The Song is You: A Novel, which required “someone who can act a bit and has an Irish accent,” said Phillips, pointing to Byrne at the back of the room. Byrne reluctantly joined Phillips at the microphone to play a young female Irish piano teacher, much to the audience’s amusement. He finished his piece with a reading from James Joyce’s “The Dubliners.” The event raised money for the school’s enrichment programs and other necessities, and was made possible by generous donations from local businesses, authors, and publishers.
More photos by Aki Tuccu here.