LIVE: Salmagundi Salon @ Skidmore College, 2/1/12

March 15th, 2012, 12:18 pm by Greg
William Kennedy

William Kennedy reading.

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.

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Festival of Writers

July 28th, 2009, 10:01 am by Greg

William Kennedy.
Andy Rooney.
Paul Grondahl.

Three of the most notable writers that Albany has produced.

As a benefit for the Rensselaerville Library, Rensselaerville is hosting a very special Festival of Writers at various locations around town from Friday, July 31-Sunday, August 2. Readings, films, picnics, book sales, literary discussions and much more will be taking place over the course of the three-day fest.

But the perhaps the main event will be taking place at the Rensselaerville Meeting Center at 4:30pm Saturday, August 1 – a 75-minute discussion between Kennedy and Rooney moderated by the Times Union’s Grondahl. Will they discuss the current dismal state of the newspaper business? A much-needed cocktail reception will follow at 6pm.

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