Authors on Stage with Laura Schroff

Category: Authors on Stage
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

“Excuse me lady, do you have any spare change? I am hungry.” This simple question marked the beginning of an extraordinary, unlikely friendship that ultimately transforms the lives of a busy ad executive and a hungry little boy, Maurice Maczyk. The result is a complex and moving tale of how two lives were meant to converge on a Manhattan street corner one fateful day.


“Whatever made me notice him on that street corner so many years ago is clearly something that cannot be extinguished, no matter how relentless the forces aligned against it,” writes Schroff. “Some may call it spirit. Some might call it heart. Whatever it was, it drew me to him, as if we werebound by some invisible, unbreakable thread. And whatever it is, it binds us still.” 

Hear more of this story told in the author's first novel on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 pm.


Laura Schroff is a former advertising executive who has worked with several major media companies, including Time Inc. and Conde Nast. Born and raised on Long Island, Laura was part of the advertising team that made USA Today a successful national newspaper. She lives in New York City with her feisty poodle Coco.