Rreview by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Sophie Brill
“Never in the history of publishing has anything like this happened. Writers shouldn’t get accustomed to this,” said author William Kennedy as he stood up to read a pivotal passage from his latest novel, “Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes” at Skidmore College’s first-ever “Salmagundi Salon.”
Dressed in a white summer tux befitting the evening’s tropical theme, Kennedy was clearly moved by the amount of preparation it had taken to transform Skidmore’s Surrey-Williamson Inn into a circa-1958 recreation of “La Floridita” – Ernest Hemingway’s favorite Havana bar.
Musicians and authors – and actors from New York City’s National Theater Company of the United States of America – had been enlisted to recreate bits of Kennedy’s music-centric novel, which takes place in both Cuba and Albany.