Monday, December 20, 2010

Fundraiser for the Committee to Protect Journalists

Dec. 8, 2010: THE IRISH-MEXICAN ALLIANCE, a night of music, poetry and speeches all to raise money for the Committee to Protect Journalists, was a fun and fruitful night. Among the participants were author and journalist T.J. ENGLISH, who hosted the event on behalf of Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc.. English was joined by legendary NYC journalist PETE HAMILL and salsa legend and actor RUBEN BLADES.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


T.J. English is the host of an upcoming event sponsored by Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. Check out the details on this poster. A night of Celtic & Mexican music, Chicano & Irish poets, Mexican & Irish beer, all to raise money for the Committee to Protect Journalists, who are seeking to call attention to and provide legal assistance for Mexican journalists who are being killed intimidated and forced to seek asylum in the U.S. for DOING THEIR JOB, i.e. reporting on the Narco War in Mexico.

If you are in the NYC area on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, you do not want to miss this event.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The First Review

The first review of THE SAVAGE CITY, from the December 2010 issue of Booklist magazine:

The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge.
T.J. English (Author)
Mar 2011. 496 p. Morrow, hardcover, $27.99.

In Manhattan in August 1963, two white women were hacked to death in a crime the tabloids would call the Career Girls Murders. The police picked up a near-blind 19-year-old black youth and spent hours pressuring him into confessing to the crime. George Whitmore would spend the next decade fighting the setup as police and prosecutors persisted in what they knew to be a miscarriage of justice. That same decade was the most violent in the history of New York City, with escalating racial tension between the police and black nationalist groups. Acclaimed journalist English profiles Whitmore, as well as Bill Phillips, a brazenly corrupt second-generation NYPD cop, and Dhoruba bin Wahad, a gangbanger turned Black Panther, to present an epic look at the racial animus, fear, and hatred that characterized that troubled decade. Drawing on interviews with former police and prosecutors, activists, hustlers, and journalists, English recounts a time of growing and visceral hostility between a police department steeped in corruption and a besieged black community that exploded in violence. He chronicles the rise of the Black Panther Party in New York and the Knapp Commission investigation of police corruption that was later depicted in the movies Serpico and Prince of the City. Through the lives of three ostensibly unrelated men, English peels back the underlying turmoil that led to the violent period and the unaddressed social ills that remain to this day.
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The New York Times best-selling author of Havana Nocturne returns with a dramatic true story of race, police corruption, and urban chaos in 1960s New York.
— Vanessa Bush

(THE SAVAGE CITY will be published in March 2011.)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Coming soon!!

Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge

A major new work of social history and true crime by T.J. ENGLISH.

THE SAVAGE CITY will be published in March 2011.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Magazine article by T.J. English cited as best crime reporting of 2009

MAY 10, 2010 -- The New York Press Club announced today that among its winners for the 2010 New York Press Club Journalism Awards is T.J. English. The author of Havana Nocturne, The Westies and other non-fiction crime books is to be honored for his article DOPE, which appeared in the December 2009 issue of Playboy magazine. DOPE chronicles the career of a veteran DEA agent under indictment for having framed more than a dozen people in Cleveland, Ohio on bogus narcotics charges. The article was selected as the year's best in the category of Crime Reporting/Magazine.

The New York Press Club was established in 1948 and gives out annual awards for the best journalism from newspapers, magazines, the web, television, wire services, and radio. The award is considered to be among the most prestigious journalism honors in the country and, this year, will be given out at a banquet and ceremony on June 14 in New York City.

Of the honor, English said, "The New York Press Club is comprised of some of the most accomplished working journalists in the world. It is especially gratifying to have the article cited and awarded by fellow writers, editors and reporters."

English has a new book that will be published later this year under the title, THE SAVAGE CITY (HarperCollins) that deals with an era of hostility between the NYPD and the Black Liberation Movement in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Island to Island

T.J. ENGLISH reading at the Relief for Haiti Benefit, February 24, 2010.


The earthquake in Haiti has created a crisis that will last for many years. On the night of February 24th, the organization IRISH AMERICAN WRITERS & ARTISTS, INC. (IAW&A), co-founded by author and journalist T.J. ENGLISH, hosted a benefit to raise money for relief in Haiti. ISLAND PEOPLE SUPPORTING ISLAND PEOPLE was the theme of the evening. Many musical acts, readers and guest speakers were featured, and the event was co-hosted by T.J. English. The benefit raised $107,500 to be donated to CONCERN WORLDWIDE, a Ireland-based relief organization that had boots on the ground in Haiti even before the earthquake struck. For more on IAW&A, check out their website at

Friday, February 5, 2010

Relief for Haiti

The after effects of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti will continue to be felt for generations. The need is great. A benefit concert is being organized by the non-profit organization Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. (IAW&A), of which writer T.J. English is one of the co-founders. The event is called RELIEF FOR HAITI: ISLAND PEOPLE SUPPORTING ISLAND PEOPLE and will showcase music, readings and other entertainment from Irish America, Ireland, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere. Proceeds from this event will go to the Irish-based charity organization CONCERN.


WHEN: February 24, 2010, Wednesday, 7 pm- 11pm
WHERE: Connolly's Pub, Manhattan, W. 45th St bten 6th and 7th Avenues
HOW MUCH: $30 suggested donation (more if you can)
Your tax deductible contribution will go to CONCERN, a charity organization with people on the ground in Haiti -- even before the earthquake.