Avery Corman is the author of the novels, Kramer vs. Kramer (the basis for the Academy Award-winning Best Picture), Oh, God! (the basis for the hit movie comedy), the best-selling The Old Neighborhood, among other highly praised novels. His newest book is a memoir of his growing up years in the Bronx during the 1940s and 1950s, My Old Neighborhood Remembered, called “Delightful,” Associated Press, “Astute,” Wall Street Journal, “Vivid,” New York Times. His gift to the City of New York of a restored basketball court in his childhood schoolyard in the Bronx became the catalyst for the creation of the City Parks Foundation and he has served on its board of directors since the foundation's inception in 1989. He is a recipient of the Poe Award of Literary Excellence from the Bronx County Historical Society.