Monday, June 13, 2016

Literary Landmarks Designated for New York City Authors - E.L. Doctorow and Erich Maria Remarque


Attention: Events, Metro, New York City, Books, Landmarks

Subjects: Authors, E.L. Doctorow, Erich Maria Remarque, Events, Literary Landmarks, Literature, New York, New York City, New York State,  Real Estate, Writers   


Literary Landmarks Launch
for New York Notable Authors:

E.L. Doctorow and Erich Maria Remarque Homes
To Be Designated New York City Landmarks

WHAT: Literary Landmarks Dedications to the Residences of Two New York State Authors, E.L Doctorow and Erich Maria Remarque. Event organized by the Empire State Center for the Book and United For Libraries. Plaques to be presented in a ceremony with talks. Rooftop reception to follow, at 320 E. 57, underwritten in part by Random House, a publisher of E.L. Doctorow.

WHO: Rocco Staino will speak on behalf of United for Libraries and the Empire State Center for the Book; New York City Councilman District 5 Ben Kallos on behalf of New York City; other literary scholars to be announced; and the Doctorow Family attending.

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 2 PM

WHERE: 320 East 57th Street, New York, NY (Remarque’s building); Followed by 333 East 57th Street, (Doctorow’s building); and then returning to 320 E. 57 for a rooftop reception. (Reception is not open to the public; for the press and by invitation only)

WHY: The literary heritage of New York City, specifically two neighboring buildings on East 57th Street, will be recognized with the dedication of two literary landmarks. These will be the two closest literary landmarks anywhere in the United States.

320 East 57th Street is where writer Erich Maria Remarque rented an apartment on the 15th floor. Remarque is the author of All Quiet on the Western Front and used the apartment as a setting in his last novel Shadows in Paradise. He continued to live here with his wife, actress Paulette Goddard, until his death in 1970.

333 East 57th Street is where E.L. Doctorow lived at from 2000 until his death in 2015.  He was the author of such classic works of fiction as The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and World’s Fair. While living here he wrote The March, Homer & Langley and Andrew’s Brain.


Susannah Greenberg, Public Relations, 646-801-7477,
Rocco Staino, Empire State Center for the Book, 914-475-3857

MEDIA CONTACT: For further information or questions, please contact Susannah Greenberg, Public Relations, 646-801-7477,


E.L. Doctorow’s  (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015) works of fiction include Homer & Langley, The March, Billy Bathgate, Ragtime, the Book of Daniel, City of God, Welcome to Hard Times, Loon Lake, World’s Fair, The Waterworks, and All the Time in the World. Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN Faulkner Awards, The Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction and the presidentially-conferred National Humanities Medal. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize honoring a writer’s lifetime achievement in fiction, and in 2012 he won the PEN Saul Bellow Award given to an author whose “scale of achievement over a sustained career places him in the highest rank of American Literature.” In 2013 the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the Gold Medal for Fiction. (Photo by Ryan Brenizer)

Erich Maria Remarque photo by Jerry Bauer.jpg

Erich Maria Remarque  (22 June 1898 – 25 September 1970), born Erich Paul Remark, was a German novelist who created many works about the terror of war. His best known novel All Quiet on the Western Front (1928), about German soldiers in the First World War, was made into an Oscar-winning movie. His book made him an enemy of the Nazis, who burned many of his works. (Photo by Jerry Bauer).

The Empire State Center for the Book is committed to the book in all formats. Interests of the Center include the promotion of the culture of reading, literature, literacy, book arts, and book history throughout New York State. The Center will work with publishers, libraries, museums, educational institutions, scholars, authors, illustrators and other interested parties to enrich book culture for the people of New York. The Center for the Book relies on grants, sponsorships and the contributions of individuals who share the ideals and support the mission of the Center to promote literature, literacy and libraries. It is the New York affiliate of The Center for Book in the Library of Congress.

United for Libraries is a division of the American Library Association. It is an association of library trustees, advocates, friends and foundations. The mission of United for Libraries is to support citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for all types of libraries.

MEDIA CONTACT: For further information or questions, please contact Susannah Greenberg, Public Relations, 646-801-7477,