My Young Life by Frederic Tuten


"My Young Life is an antidote to this cool, anxious century: a reminder that we can feel the most overpowering feelings, and dream the most dizzying dreams."


— Paul LaFarge


Passing for Human by Liana Finck


“Liana Finck has crafted an inventive, one-of-a-kind memoir that’s as heartfelt as it is unpredictable.”


— Adrian Tomine

Boogie Down Bronx to Alphabet City: Frederic Tuten with Liana Finck

Thursday March 7, 2019
07:00 pm

Tags: Event

We celebrated the launch of novelist Frederic Tuten’s new memoir My Young Life. Tuten read from his memoir and talked about his coming-of-age in New York during the 1950s and 60s with the marvelous graphic novelist Liana Finck.


MY YOUNG LIFE is the story of Tuten’s early formative years, spanning his coming-of-age through the artistic and intellectual mentorship of the ex-convict painter John Resko, the City College of New York’s passionate and politically charged atmosphere, and his tumultuous loves and relationships in Mexico City. All the while, he would discover the kind of life he had always wanted to lead. As Frederic travels downtown for drawing classes at the Art Students League, waits tables at a resort in the Catskills, visits Hemingway in Havana, and discovers the vibrant scenes of Greenwich Village, he finds himself a member of a new community of artists and influences along the way.


FREDERIC TUTEN is the author of five novels including Tintin in the New World, Van Gogh’s Bad Café, and The Adventures of Mao on the Long March and a book of short stories, Self-Portraits: Fictions. This March, his memoir My Young Life was published by Simon and Schuster. Tuten is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction and the Award for Distinguished Writing from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


LIANA FINCK is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The Awl, and Catapult. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. She has had artist residencies with the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Tablet magazine. Her first book, A Bintel Brief, was published in 2014 and her graphic memoir, Passing for Human, was published in 2018.




Copies of My Young Life and Passing for Human will be on sale at our bookstore.