Former Courier reporter hits the big time!

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Papa Witt?

Former Courier Life reporter extraordinaire Stephen Witt has finished his second novel — and this one is going to be a blockbuster. No, that’s not a dig at Witt’s first novel, “American Moses,” but his new one, “Street Singer,” is set in the tumultuous saga of the Atlantic Yards mega-project, which Witt covered from its inception. “Street Singer” is Hemmingway-esque — no, not because it’s the greatest book of all time or features lots of drinking in Paris, but because its such a thinly veiled look at the intrigue surrounding the deal that brought the Nets across the river from that other state. Spoiler alert — “Street Singer” follows subway musician Jason Spirit (he’s based on Witt, by the way) through the seamy backroom deals, on the hustings with the anti-project rabble, and into the offices of Russian oligarchs. Yikes! Standing O can hardly wait for that personally autographed first edition, which is scheduled to hit the shelves early next year.

Interested publishers should contact Witt at

Reach reporter Joanna DelBuono at or by calling (718) 260-2523.
Posted 12:00 am, November 25, 2011
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