Joan Marans Dim has had a 30-year career as a essayist, novelist, historian, ghostwriter and as a marketing and public relations strategist. Her latest endeavor is the book, New York’s Golden Age of Bridges, (Fordham University Press), which explores the art and history of the city's nine major long-span, large-scale bridges in the context of their social, political and economic importance. In sum, the book provides new dimensions in understanding and appreciating the art of bridges, the inestimable connections they foster, and their extraordinary impact on our lives and the landscape of our nation. Included in the book are a series of brilliant bridge paintings by acclaimed artist Antonio Masi. Dim is also co-author Miracle on Washington Square: A History of New York University (Lexington Books) and author of the novel Recollections of a Rotten Kid (Bobbs-Merrill). She retired in 2005 from New York University, the nation’s largest private university, after almost 20 years of service. At NYU, Dim held a number of posts: As managing director of the Office of Public Affairs, she was a member of a brash administrative team that successfully helped transform NYU from a “safety” school into one of the nation’s top-tier universities. Dim continues to be busy as an essayist and free-lance writer and ghostwriter, often specializing in Op-Eds. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and many other publications. Her eclectic interests include art, law, film, screenwriting, history (particularly New York City and American). Dim has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina. She also attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' Graduate Program, majoring in Dramatic Writing. Her screenplay, The Rotten Kid, (adapted from her novel) was awarded the Laurel Award for Excellence in Screenwriting at Tisch.