BrooklynFans Of Books: Wiley Cash’s “The Last Ballad” On Workers’ Rights

The Last Ballad 

By Wiley Cash

William Morrow, An Imprint of Harper Collins

Wiley Cash, the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy,  is back in a big way with his new novel, The Last Ballad.

Inspired by true events around the Gastonia Mill Riots of 1929, The Last Ballad brings to life the bravery and struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America.

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Marsch On Robles: “Luis is a natural fit” To Be Captain

(Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch and goalkeeper and Captain Luis Robles at Tuesday’s Media Day – Photo by Jason Schott)

One of the biggest moves the Red Bulls made this offseason was naming goalkeeper Luis Robles their new Captain.

Robles becomes the first goalkeeper since Tony Meola to be honored as the team’s captain. Meola was captain of the then-MetroStars in 1997-98.

At Media Day on Tuesday, Robles said of what it means to him, “To be the captain of the New York Red Bulls is an incredible honor and a great privilege.

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St. John’s, Without Ponds, Beats Butler In Double OT

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The St. John’s Red Storm, who were without their star Shamorie Ponds, stepped up to beat Butler 75-68 in double overtime on Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena.

The trio of Justin Simon, Bashir Ahmed, and Marvin Clark II combined for 66 of the Red Storm’s 75 points to lead them to their fifth win in seven games and improve their overall record to 15-15 and Big East record to 4-13. They are now tied with DePaul for ninth in the conference as they head to Providence for the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon.

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NYCFC Acquires Sebastien Ibeagha On Transfer

New York City Football Club announced that Sebastien Ibeagha has joined the club on a transfer from USL affiliate team San Antonio FC after spending preseason with City in Florida, LA and Mexico.

Ibeagha, a 26-year-old central defender, is a former U.S. U-20 international and the reigning USL Defender of the Year.

He becomes NYCFC’s ninth addition of the offseason, following Saad Abdul-Salaam, Jo Inge Berget, Cedric Hountondji, Jesus Medina, Ebenezer Ofori, Brad Stuver, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and Anton Tinnerholm to the Club.

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Shuai Zhang Completes Tie Break Tens Lineup

Tie Break Tens, the new fast-paced, short-form tennis competition, announced that Chinese tennis star Shuai Zhang will compete at its inaugural tournament in the United States at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Shuai completes the line-up of elite athletes that includes Serena and Venus Williams, Elina Svitolina, Marion Bartoli, CoCo Vandeweghe, Sorana Cirstea, and Daniela Hantuchová.

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“The Wife” Soon To Be a Movie From Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to the Alafair Burke novel The Wife, with the author set to write the feature script.

Published in January by Harper, the novel seems a perfect fit for this #MeToo moment. The book deal is high six figures and scripting fees put it into seven-figures.

Angela, a woman who suffered extreme trauma in her teen years, learns that her celebrity husband may be a sexual predator.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Jorge Ramos On Being A “Stranger” In Trump’s America

Stranger: The Challenge Of A Latino Immigrant In The Trump Era

By Jorge Ramos

Vintage Books, A Division of Penguin Random House, available February 27th 

Jorge Ramos, the Emmy-award winning journalist and Univision anchor, answers the question of what it means to be an American in his new book Stranger.

This question has taken on a new meaning in President Donald Trump’s America.

A lot of Ramos’ focus is on immigration changing the face of America, and Stranger comes out amidst the debate on the fate of the Dreamers as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is set to expire.

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Seton Hall Outlasts St. John’s In OT For 20th Win

(Seton Hall celebrates at center court after the final whistle – Photo by Jason Schott)

Seton Hall notched their 20th victory of the season as they outlasted St. John’s 81-74 on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

20 wins usually is the magic number for an NCAA Tournament bid, and the Pirates are now 20-9 overall and 9-7 in the Big East, tying them with Butler for third in the conference.

St. John’s has now dropped two straight after their magical four-game winning streak. They drop to 14-15 overall and 3-13 in the Big East, now in last place in the conference since DePaul beat Marquette on Saturday afternoon to improve their record to 4-12.

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BrooklynFans of Books: “Wild Escape,” On The 2015 Upstate NY Prison Break

Wild Escape: The Prison Break from Dannemora and the Manhunt that Captured America

By Chelsia Rose Marcius

Diversion Books, on sale: February 27th

Convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt successfully escaped Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, 2015.

The subsequent three-week long manhunt was one of the costliest and most intense in New York history, and it came to an end when  Sweat was taken into custody and Matt was fatally shot by a border patrol SWAT team member.

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Red Bulls Tie Olympia To Open Champions League

(Estadio Nacional – @NewYorkRedBulls)

The Red Bulls earned a 1-1 draw against Club Deportivo Olimpia in the first leg of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 on Thursday at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica

The Red Bulls goal came from Daniel Royer in the 31st minute on a feed from Bradley Wright-Phillips.

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