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The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik discusses his new book At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York (Knopf, 2017), New York City, the Trump presidency and more, with Joseph Planta.

At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York by Adam Gopnik (Knopf, 2017).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik joins me now. He has just published a new book, At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York. It’s a lovely memoir about how he and his soon-to-be-wife Martha leave Montreal for New York City in their twenties in the early 1980s. The book is a portrait of New York, the tiny apartments they live in and how they go about making it in a city where if you make it there, as the song says, you can make it anywhere. You get loving portraits of the people along the way, luminaries, artists and mentors that Gopnik encounters. One also gets a sense of the creativity and aspiration that pulsates in New York City. Adam Gopnik is the award-winning writer and author, who has been writing for the New Yorker since 1986. He has received a George Polk Award for magazine reporting, and three National Magazine Awards. He received the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Republic. His previous books include Paris to the Moon, Through the Children’s Gate, The Table Comes First, and Angels and Ages. This new book is published by Knopf. There will be at least three appearances at the Vancouver Writers Fest. Visit www.writersfest.bc.ca for tickets. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in Kingston today, Adam Gopnik; Mr. Gopnik, good morning.