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12/3 – Kathryn Harrison at Hunter College

Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels Envy, The Seal Wife, The Binding Chair, Poison, Exposure, Thicker Than Water, Enchantments and most recently On Sunset. She has also written memoirs, The Kiss and The Mother Knot, a travel memoir, The Road to Santiago, a biography, Saint Therese of Lisieux, and a collection of personal essays, Seeking Rapture. She is also a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review. Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, Time 7.30pm Location: (TBC) Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor (Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street) RSVP: All readings are free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Part of the Hunter College Creative Writing MFA Distinguished Writers Series

11/5 – Mira Jacob at Hunter College

Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancingwas a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. It was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, Time 7.30pm Location: Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor (Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street) RSVP: All readings are free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Part of the Hunter College Creative Writing MFA Distinguished Writers Series

10/22 – “Found in Korea” (film screening)

“Found in Korea,” part of the Korean American Film Festival of New York (KAFFNY), will be screen at the Proshansky Auditorium at the GC on October 22 at 7-9 pm.  The filmmaker will do a Q&A after the screening and might be a good contact for our students.  The film is an autobiographical film about the experience of being abandoned in Korea and then adopted in the US. Tickets here

Call for Papers: 2020 PCA/ACA Annual Conference—Biographies Area

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held on Wednesday April 15 through Saturday April 18, 2020 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel on Market Street in Philadelphia, PA. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests. The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include: – Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater – Biography and film – Biography and criminal justice – Television programs about biography – Biography and urban legends – Biography and folklore – Biography and literature – Scholarly Biography – Controversial Biography – Psychoanalysis and Biography – Historical Biography – Political Biography – Autobiography   Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The deadline is November 1, 2019.   Proposals must be submitted on the conference website.    

10/29 – A breakfast with History (biographer Andrew Roberts)

Andrew Roberts, biographer and military historian, currently Lehrman Institute Distinguished Fellow at the New-York Historical Society, is hosting a breakfast event at Skyscape. Churchill: Walking with Destiny, is being published in October in the UK and November in the USA. Since the last major biography of him, forty-one sets of papers have been deposited at the Churchill Archives in Cambridge, and Her Majesty The Queen has graciously allowed me to be the first Churchill biographer to read her late father King George VI’s diary records of Churchill’s weekly audiences with him during the Second World War. I discovered the verbatim reports of the War Cabinet meetings over which he presided, which had never been used by any historian before, and I have worked on Churchill’s children’s papers by kind permission of his family, some of which are closed to other researchers. So there is a lot more to say about Churchill. When: Tuesday, October 29 at 9am Where: Skyscape - 928 8th Ave  

10/24 – Carol Burnett to Join The “Art of Memoir” Evening Salon at MacDowell NYC

Television icon and author Carol Burnett will be joined by acclaimed memoirists and MacDowell Fellows Amanda Stern and Nell Painter. The three authors will read from their published memoirs and discuss the unique challenges of the popular non-fiction form. MacDowell, one of the nation’s leading contemporary arts organizations, recently opened a new audience engagement space. (more…)

9/25 – Between the Lines: Sweat the Technique by Rakim (an NYPL event at the Schomburg Center)

9/24 – Roxana Robinson at Hunter College

Roxana Robinson is the author of ten books - six novels, three collections of short stories, and the biography of Georgia O’Keeffe. Four of these were chosen as New York Times Notable Books , two as New York Times Editors’ Choices. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Best American Short Stories, Tin House and elsewhere. Her work has been widely anthologized and broadcast on NPR. Date: Tuesday, Sept 24, 2019, Time 7.30pm Location: Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor (Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street) RSVP: All readings are free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Part of the Hunter College Creative Writing MFA Distinguished Writers Series