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Meet the Speakers at our Fulton Fish Market Talk!


This Wednesday, February 26 from 6-7:45 p.m. at Jefferson Market Library, come to an evening of memory, protest and plans. Here's some information about the upcoming speakers.

About Paul Greenberg

Paul Greenberg is the author of the James Beard Award winning New York Times bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and a regular contributor to The New York Times. He has also written for National Geographic Magazine, GQ, The Times (of London), Vogue, and lectures on seafood and the environment around the world. He is currently a fellow with The Blue Ocean Institute and in April became the writer-in-residence at New York's The South Street Seaport Museum. His next book American Catch—a book about how we lost and how we might regain American local seafood, will be published by The Penguin Press. Regular fishy updates @4fishgreenberg and on

About Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky was born in Hartford, Connecticut. After receiving a BA in Theater from Butler University in 1970, and refusing to serve in the military, Kurlansky worked in New York as a playwright, having a number of off-off Broadway productions, and as a playwright-in-residence at Brooklyn College. He won the 1972 Earplay award for best radio play of the year. He worked many other jobs including as a commercial fisherman, a dock worker, a paralegal, a cook, and a pastry chef. In the mid 1970s, unhappy with the direction New York theater was taking, he turned to journalism, an early interest–he had been an editor on his high school newspaper. From 1976 to 1991 he worked as a foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Based in Paris and then Mexico, he reported on Europe, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The International Herald Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Partisan Review, Harper’s, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Bon Appétit and Parade. In addition to numerous guest lectures at Columbia University School of Journalism, Yale University, Colby College, Grinnell College, the University of Dayton and various other schools, he has taught a two week creative writing class in Assisi, Italy, a one week intensive non-fiction workshop in Devon, England for the Arvon Foundation, and has guest lectured all over the world on history, writing, environmental issues, and other subjects. In Spring 2007 he was the Harman writer-in-residence at Baruch College teaching a fourteen week honors course titled “Journalism and the Literary Imagination.” His books have been translated into twenty-five languages and he often illustrates them himself. He has had 25 books published including fiction, nonfiction, and children's books.

About Robert LaValva

Robert LaValva grew up in central New Jersey and also spent some years in Rome, Italy. He attended New York University as an undergraduate, where he studied urban history and planning. After obtaining a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he worked for the City of New York, Department of Sanitation as a planner for nearly ten years, where he helped design and implement one of the nation's most innovative and extensive urban composting programs. He left government to pursue his interest in food systems and regional development, and worked briefly for the international Slow Food organization, whose US headquarters are located in New York. There, he he instituted the nation's first consortium for raw milk cheese producers; worked on programs to help preserve heritage animal breeds and heirloom fruits and vegetables; and managed Slow Food’s Urban Harvest festival, which was held as the first New Amsterdam Market on October 2, 2005. Robert has devoted most of his efforts towards this project since then; he also teaches a yearly course (on observing the urban environment) at New York University.


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