NY Summer Meeting Recap
On Saturday, July 13 members of the John O’Hara Society met at Connolly’s restaurant in New York City for their summer meeting. In attendance were Steven Goldleaf, Robert Knott, and Robert and Jenny Saliba.
Topics of discussion included the upcoming publication of Steven Goldleaf’s collection of O’Hara’s New York stories, to be published by Penguin Classics. New York Stories will arrive in bookstores and online retailers on August 27th and Society members discussed how best to support its publication. It was decided that future blog posts will feature interviews with Steven Goldleaf about the book and announcements of related events as they are scheduled. For example, a September event at a Brooklyn, NY bookstore will be promoted on the blog as soon as more details become available.
Over lunch members discussed a variety of O’Hara related topics, including Robert Knott’s recent visit to Penn State to visit the O’Hara study and review their holdings of O’Hara papers. Robert Saliba, who has visited Penn State in the past, shared his memories of a similar trip and the thrill of reviewing the original manuscript of Appointment in Samarra. The possibility of scheduling a Society field trip to Penn State was raised (as it has been in the past) although nothing has been scheduled at this time.
Members will reconvene in January at a location still to be determined. Suggestions for topics or locations for the January meeting are gladly accepted in the comments section below.