I had the absolute pleasure of attending the book launch for Daniel Day’s aka Dapper Dan’s new memoir, Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem. Held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, fans of Harlem’s own came to hear his story. Being all at once gregarious, thoughtful and downright hilarious, Dapper Dan turned his talk into a can’t-miss event.
The book launch, moderated by the amazing Elaine Welteroth, was like attending a family function. Ms. Welteroth took her extensive experience and genuine poise to make the audience feel like each attendee was home, which was apparent as soon as she asked her first question. And it definitely showed when Dapper Dan answered. He was engaging, funny, thoughtful and had story upon story about what it was like growing up in Harlem and becoming the man he is today. He talked of his time as a gambler, an entrepreneur and what being a life-long reader has done to change and better his life.
After his talk, Dapper Dan took some great questions from the audience, which only enhanced an already wonderful event. Many asked very poignant and intriguing questions, with the last one drawing reactions from the crowd, including myself. Afterwards, both Dapper Dan and Ms. Welteroth took the time to pose for photos, with the former signing copies of his book. Had I not needed to head out to my regular job, I would have stayed to add his autograph to my collection. I did, however, stay long enough to purchase from the Greenlight Bookstore kiosk both his book and Ms. Welteroth’s (titled More than Enough), which I will write about later this Summer.
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Photos courtesy of NayMarie Photography.