Behind the Book is excited to announce an encore presentation of our Reading Series on July 14th at 7PM. These authors will be reading from works in progress. Come be surprised with us!
Cyzar moved to New York when he was seven years old as an American-born citizen from the Philippines. He lived in a studio apartment in Queens with his whole family — his mother, father, and grandparents. New York wasn’t at all like what he saw in his favorite movie Home Alone 2, but there was still magic in that little studio apartment. Since graduating from NYU, he’s been writing about families. The most captivating stories are about the family dynamic. If you think about it, Game of Thrones and Star Wars are essentially family dramas.
Today’s reading is from a manuscript called “The Wooden Spoon.” It’s about a wealthy family in England set between World War I and World War II. Lady Blackwood has four perfect sons and is the darling of London Society. But what happens when her sons go missing in Europe, and she hears through the grapevine that they work for the Queen’s clandestine services? Told through the eyes of Lady Blackwood and her fourth son who happens to be gay, The Wooden Spoon is a comedy about serious stuff, and may or may not rewrite history.
Eileen was born and educated in Dublin, and came to New York where she did further study at NYU. She is the mother of two young women and lives in the East Village.
She is also the director of a progressive preschool on St. Marks Place, bringing her own philosophy of Emotional Education to the program. Her book The Children’s Bill of Emotional Rights, published by Jason Aronson, outlines that philosophy. An article she co-authored entitled What Happens When you Die: Three and Four Year-Olds Talking about Death was published also by Jason Aronson. She also had a short story published in The Minetta Review (NYU) and is working a new book Emotional Education: The A.R.T. of Teaching Young Children.
The excerpt she is reading is from a collection of short stories of a family in lower middle class Dublin. These stories are told from the viewpoint of the youngest person in the family, who observes the other members and tries to make sense of the family dynamic and the environment in which she lives. The narrator, who is nameless, observes the family and though she does not fit in, she tries – failing and succeeding in various degrees – to adapt or break out.