One of the coolest literary perks of living in Albany is the New York State Writers Institute and their Visiting Writers series. The Fall 2010 schedule has been released, but I'm only highlighting the ones I'm most excited about (the full list is here.)
Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez
Thursday, October 7
The early buzz about Salvation City has been amazing. It's the story of "an oprhaned 13-year-old boy who is adopted into a Christian fundamentalist community, and who struggles to make sense of life in the aftermath of the flu pandemic that wipes out much of the world's population." I'm also hoping she talks about her forthcoming memoir, Sempre Susan, about her long friendship with Susan Sontag. It will be published in 2011.
The Great Divorce: A Nineteenth-Century Mother's Extraordinary Fight Against Her Husband, the Shakers, and Her Times by Ilyon Woo
Thursday, October 21
I've lived in Albany for a little over two years, and I'm growing more and more interested in its history (Albany is the fourth oldest city in the United States.) I'm really looking forward to this locally-set, popular history book. The local buzz is fantastic, and I'm really looking forward to learning more about the city I live in and its history.
Tuesday, October 26
Despite never having read any of Sapphire's work (I did see Precious), I'm immensely looking forward to hearing her speak. The event is co-sponsored by the School of Public Health.
It's a wonderful schedule this semester, and I hope to attend most of the events, but I'll be (attempting) to read these books before the authors are here. Of course, I'll write wrap-up posts for all the events I attend.
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