Real Good for FREE (Mostly): NYS Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series

September 16th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
(from left) Alison Lurie, Edith Grossman, Kirsten Gillibrand and John Lahr

(from left) Alison Lurie, Edith Grossman, Kirsten Gillibrand and John Lahr

The New York State Writers Institute has announced the fall schedule of its Visiting Writers Events, beginning with the current New York State Author Alison Lurie who will read at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall at 8pm on Thursday (September 18).

Events are free of charge, except where noted. Here’s the NYS Writers Institute’s schedule for fall of 2014:

Alison Lurie, New York State Author
Thursday (September 18)
Seminar — 4:15pm, UAlbany’s Campus Center Room 375
Reading — 8pm, UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall
Alison Lurie, novelist and current New York State Author (2012-2014), is widely regarded as the Jane Austen of contemporary American letters for her modern “comedies of manners,” including “Truth and Consequences” (2005) and the Pulitzer-winning “Foreign Affairs” (1984). Her new nonfiction book is “The Language of Houses” (2014), an exploration of the expressive power of everyday architecture. Author Edmund White said “[Lurie] has culled the best ideas from a vast literature and passed it all through the sieve of her brilliant mind.”

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Real Good for Free: The New York State Writers Institute’s Spring Schedules of Readings and Films

January 11th, 2012, 11:30 am by Greg

The New York State Writers Institute has announced its schedule of readings and film screenings for the spring session. All events are free and open to the public (except for American Place Theatre’s production of “The Kite Runner”). All events take place on the University of Albany campus unless otherwise noted. Here’s the complete line-up of events:

Alan Lightman, novelist and science writer
Thursday, February 2
Seminar — 4:15pm, Campus Center Assembly Hall
Reading — 8pm, Campus Center Assembly Hall
The theoretical physicist, best-selling author and explorer of the intersection between the sciences and the humanities reads from his most recent book, “Mr. g: A Novel About the Creation.”

“Slavery by Another Name”
Friday, February 3
Film screening and commentary — 7pm, Peforming Arts Center’s Recital Hall
Director Samuel Pollard’s film is based on Douglas A. Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the abuse of black laborers in the United States from the end of the Civil War through the middle of the 20th century. Douglas A. Blackmon and Sheila Curran Bernard, who wrote the film, will participate in a Q&A session following the screening.

Teju Cole, novelist and street photographer
Friday, February 10
Seminar — 4:15pm, Campus Center Assembly Hall
Reading — 8pm, Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall
Born in the US, Raised in Nigeria and returned to the U.S in 1992 at the age of 17, Cole reads from his acclaimed debut novel “Open City,” the story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist who wanders the streets of Manhattan exploring the city’s landscapes, people and his own feelings of isolation.

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Author Karen Russell Ventures Into the Swamps of Her Imagination

February 9th, 2011, 11:00 am by Sara
Karen Russell

Karen Russell

Since the publication of her 2006 short-story collection “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised By Wolves” (Knopf), 29-year-old Miami native Karen Russell has enjoyed the sort of critical acclaim usually only reserved for veteran literary heavyweights.

Russell’s tall tales, usually set in the swamps of a mythic and mystical Deep South, have drawn comparisons to revered fabulists like Italo Calvino and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And no less a light than Stephen King has declared that her recently published debut novel, “Swamplandia!” (Knopf), is “brilliant, funny (and) original . . . this book will not leave my mind.”

In anticipation of her visit to the NYS Writers Institute on Thursday, Nippertown sent the author some questions so as to gain some insight into how this conjurer works her magic – the usual questions for a most extraordinary writer:

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Real Good for Free: “The Man With the Golden Arm” & Discussion with Russell Banks & Don DeLillo @ Page Hall, 11/6/09

November 5th, 2009, 9:32 am by Greg

In celebration of the writings of author Nelson Algren, the New York State Writers Institute screens the 1955 film “The Man With the Golden Arm,” based on Algren’s novel. The gritty urban film about jazz and heroin was directed by Otto Preminger and stars Frank Sinatra as Frankie Machine, along with Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak and Arnold Stang. The film begins at 7pm Friday (November 6) at UAlbany’s Page Hall.

Yes, the movie’s cool enough all by itself to make this a worthwhile night out. But following the screening, two great American novelists Russell Banks and Don DeLillo will discuss the life and work of Algren and the influence that he had on their own work.

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