Peter von Ziegesar & Michael Greenberg

Thursday, June 27, 7:30 PM
Peter von Ziegesar presents The Looking Glass Brother
In conversation with author Michael Greenberg
Fort Greene writer and filmmaker Peter von Ziegesar’s new book The Looking Glass Brother is a remarkable memoir of a life that began in the exquisite enclaves of Long Island’s gilded age families and is now lived, in part, as the keeper of his homeless and schizophrenic stepbrother, Little Peter. Peter’s childhood summers were filled with pristine beaches, croquet games, and butlers in formal wear. When, after a string of affairs, Peter's father left his mother and remarried, the idyll was broken and several stepchildren, including Little Peter, entered von Ziegesar’s life. Little Peter was an angelic and brilliant young boy, a violin prodigy called by a teacher, “the next Paganini,” who spiraled down during adolescence to become one more homeless man living on the street. Peter had just moved to New York in the late 90s and was awaiting the birth of his first child when Little Peter reappeared, a dark shape from the looking glass of his past stepping onto a Greenwich Village street. Peter talks about his book with Michael Greenberg, author of the memoir Hurry Down Sunshine: A Father’s Story of Love and Madness.

Event date: 

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

686 Fulton Street
11217 Brooklyn