My Next Book – Blackwell’s Island

January 9th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized

It’s official. I’m going to be doing a book about Blackwell’s Island (now Roosevelt Island) for my most fabulous publisher, Algonquin Books! I am beyond belief excited. Those who know me know that this is so, so, SO my kind of book. I’ll have much more to say about this later, but word got out so I wanted to make a quick announcement.

The picture below is of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Roosevelt Island, which was designed by Frederic Clark Withers and dedicated in 1889. I love this one fact I learned about the Chapel from their website. A quick backstory: the City bought the island in 1828, and then proceeded to build a penitentiary, a lunatic asylum, a workhouse, an Almshouse for the poor, and various hospitals for the poor, (and other hospitals and buildings). The point is, if you ended up on Blackwell’s Island in the 19th century it meant your life was not going well. According to the Chapel’s website the architect was instructed to design “the most beautiful church in the city for it’s most neglected class of humanity.” Nice. But sad.

It was also paid for by George Bliss, a vestryman of Grace Church, it turns out. His name came up a lot when I was researching my last book, about the history and science of singing. (I sing with the Choral Society of Grace Church and I used the Choral Society to demonstrate the rewards and benefits of group singing.)

Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Roosevelt Island

The much neglected organ inside the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.

Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Roosevelt Island

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  1. 5 Responses to “My Next Book – Blackwell’s Island”

  2. By Nora in Ottawa on Jan 9, 2015

    Congrats, Stacy! What good news to start the year off with! What is the anticipated publication date – or is it too soon to ask?

  3. By michael on Jan 12, 2015

    I bet there is cemetery on this island. Congratulations, this sounds like so much fun. Yes, the forgotten history. keep us posted please.

  4. By Kristi on Jan 12, 2015

    I cannot wait to read this!!

  5. By Cara on Jan 12, 2015

    Sounds fascinating! Congratulations!

  6. By Stacy Horn on Jan 19, 2015

    Thank you thank you thank you. Every day I wake up now and I can’t believe how lucky I am to get to write this book!!

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