Author Talks: Author Talk with Davida Siwisa James

Date and Time
Thursday, June 13, 2024, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.


Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Event Details

This event will take place in-person at Hamilton Grange Library.

 Join us at the Hamilton Grange Library for a discussion with Davida Siwisa James, as she talks about her book "Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill : Alexander Hamilton's Old Harlem Neighborhood Through the Centuries".

This historical nonfiction book explores four centuries of colonization, land divisions, and urban development around our historic landmark neighborhood in West Harlem. This is the neighborhood where Alexander Hamilton built his country home, George Gershwin wrote his first hit, a young Norman Rockwell discovered he liked to draw, and Ralph Ellison wrote Invisible Man. Through words and pictures, Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill traces the transition of this picturesque section of Harlem from lush farmland in the early 1600s to its modern-day growth as a unique Manhattan neighborhood highlighted by stunning architecture, Harlem Renaissance gatherings, and the famous residents who called it home.

 Alexander Hamilton's Old Harlem neighborhood through the centuries


Davida Siwisa James lived in Morningside Heights as a child and Sugar Hill as a young woman. She has a BA in English from UCLA and attended Penn State Dickinson Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has been a university public relations director, a freelance journalist for the twice Pulitzer Prize-winning Virgin Islands Daily News, and has a twenty-year management career in performing arts finance and marketing. She has published nonfiction books, essays, poems, a play, and an award-winning short story, "The Commute."