The Common in the City

  A Literary Celebration of Place

Featuring ANDRÉ ACIMAN reading from his new novel HARVARD SQUARE


Wednesday, May 22, 2013
6:30 - 8:30 pm
VIP Art Auction Viewing 5:30-6:30


Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
New York University
20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
 New York, NY 10003



Celebrate spring and sense-of-place literature and art at The Common's second annual New York City gala!


Aciman will read from his new novel, which Charles McGrath calls "touchingly and beautifully written" in The New York Times, about love, friendship, and becoming American in late ’70s Cambridge. The evening also features swinging twenties jazz by NYC Hot 3 and locally crafted charcuterie and canapes by West Village standout Swine.


This year's Silent Art Auction features a remarkable selection of place-inspired works, including prints, photographs, assemblage, and objects by outstanding artists such as Noah Schenk, Jane Kent, Chris MacKenzie, Tatiana Garmendia, Jon Gitelson, and Cable Griffiths, as well as an exceptional selection of limited edition and rare catalogues and books.


General admission tickets are $50. VIP Art Auction tickets are $75 and include a special pre-party viewing of the auction exhibition, a complimentary copy of the magazine, and raffle prizes from NYC restaurants and musicians. All proceeds benefit The Common Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and our mission to support authors and artists and publish place-based literature and art from around the world.

Purchase your tickets here.

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Benefit Committee

Debby Applegate & Bruce Tulgan | Mike Arauz | Harold Augenbraum | Quang Bao | Esther Bell | Melissa Bilski | Sarah Funke Butler | Alexander Chee | Ted Conover | Cindy Dickinson | Werner Gundersheimer | Esmond Harmsworth | ES & MJ Mayer Foundation | Paul Morris | Cullen Murphy | Jessica Noyes | Emma Patterson | Niko Pfund | Jill Schoolman | Liz Van Hoose | Joanna Yas | Renee Zuckerbrot

Art Auction Curators

Jeff Bergman | Elizabeth Bidart | Julia Cooke | Elizabeth Essner | Amy Sande-Friedman



With thanks to the following sponsors



Wine is graciously provided by Old Bridge Cellars. Beer is lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. Charcuterie and canapes are handcrafted by Swine.

For information on corporate and high-level individual sponsorship, please write to Jennifer Acker at

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