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Sayers and Doers @ Maysles

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SAYERS & DOERS Talk Series, four speakers, up to 12 minutes each, for an evening of inspiration, insight and entertainment

to be held at Maysles Documentary Center, Harlem, NYC

7pm – Monday, February 12th, 2019

(New York, NY) SAYERS & DOERS, the cultural Talk Series in Harlem, announces it’s February 12th line up, featuring four local, national and international experts in the areas of literary, lifestyle and business, who will speak for 12 minutes each. The evening will take place at local treasure The Maysles Documentary Center(of Grey Gardensand Gimme Shelterfame) at 7pm (doors at 6:30pm), with premium complimentary wine, courtesy of Terlato Wines. The Feb. 12 speakers are:

Hala Alyan: Following on her “moving and beautifully written” debut novel, Salt Houses, which earned her an NPR book-of-the-year nod and other rave reviews, Alyan’s highly anticipated poetry collection, The Twenty-Ninth Year, releases in early 2019. A recent Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winner, her work wrestles with inter-generational displacement and the question of – “what is home?” @HalaNAlyan


Carroll Bogert: When we think human rights, we often conjure faraway countries. As the former director of Human Rights Watch, Bogert urges us to look inward, as well, to understand and remedy the U.S.’s no. 1 human rights issue: the criminal justice system. She’s now the first-ever president of the Marshall Project – a prestigious news organization that is fully committed to this goal. She helps demystify the issue – where it comes from; where we are currently; and what needs to be done. After living in China, Southeast Asia and the Soviet Union as a Newsweek correspondent, Harlem is her home. @CarrollBogert


L.A. Kauffman: The 1963 March on Washington. The 2017 Women's Marches. Do protests work, and if so, what are the attributes of effective activism to make change? A longtime grassroots organizer, journalist and expert on social movements and activism, Kauffman explores the history of protest and mass demonstration in America in her new book, How to Read a Protest: The art of organizing and resistance@LAKauffman 

Keisha Sutton-James: Whether you live in the Harlem community, or are simply curious, you may want to know a thing or two about Percy Sutton. A gifted lawyer, lawmaker and contributor to the Civil Rights Movement, Sutton also was a visionary entrepreneur whose investments created cultural touchstones WBLS-FM and WLIB-AM and saved the Apollo Theater from certain doom. Who better to tell us all about him than his grandniece, Keisha Sutton-James, a media executive in her own right, who is planning a series of passion projects to honor his legacy. IG @ksuttonjames

Book Culturewill sell books by featured authors after the talks, at 8pm. @bookculture

Ticketsavailable atwww.sayersanddoers.comfor $40 and includes complimentary wine, thanks to Terlato Wines


The Maysles Documentary Center is located at343 Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard (between 127th and 128th Streets). Closest subways; 2/3, 4,5,6, A, B, C, D to 125th Street.  




Robyn Massey

+1 347-260-1085


SAYERS & DOERS is a cultural talk series, in Harlem, featuring experts – authors, artists, academics, adventurers, comics, musicians, journalists, chefs, bartenders and designers – sharing their passion projects. Awarded a 2018 “Awesome Without Borders” grant, the program is designed to educate, entertain and inspire: four or more experts, from various industries and backgrounds, speak for up to 12 minutes each, to present an evening of conviviality, networking and intellectual cabaret. Past speakers have included 2017 National Book Award winner Masha Gessen and finalist, Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko; chief film critic, A.O. Scott of The New York Times; academic Brittney Cooper; David Ebershoff and Andre Aciman, authors of The Danish Girl and Call Me By Your Name, respectively; and emergent Harlem poet, ChloëMitchell. The next SAYERS & DOERS will be held Feb. 12 and May 6, 2019, in Harlem. @sayersdoers


The Maysles Documentary Center is a nonprofit founded by legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles, who, along with his brother David, was an early creator of direct cinema, with films like SalesmanGimme Shelter and Grey Gardens to their credit, making it a great home for storytelling.