The City College of New York (CUNY)
And the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies
at the Center for Worker Education
“Book Talk” Lecture Series: Writers on Writing
Those with a passion for literature and creative writing will have a unique opportunity to take advantage of the Spring 2011 Book Talk lecture series. Six acclaimed writers will discuss their work and their writing processes. From novelists to poets to memoir writers, the speakers touch on issues such as publication, translation, research and influence, issues at the heart of the art and craft of the creative writing process.
All lectures held at the City College Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th Floor
Free and Open to the Public
For further information and R.S.V.P. contact 212-925-6625, ext. 241
All lectures will be webcast live: www.totalwebcasting.com/live/ccny
Monday, February 14- 6:00pm
New York in Turmoil: Paradise Alley and the Draft Riots
Kevin Baker is the author of four novels, including Sometimes You See It Coming and the “City of Fire” series of historical novels about New York City from 1848-1943: Dreamland, Paradise Alley and Strivers Row. He has written and provided research for several nonfiction works and is a regular contributor to various newspapers and periodicals, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, GQ, Newsweek, The Village Voice, Harper’s, American History, American Heritage, Military History and The Daily Beast.
Monday, February 28- 6:00pm
Ghostwriting Gabo: The Author's Encounters with Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Guatemalan-born David Unger’s novels include Ni chicha, ni limonada, Life in the Damn Tropics (Vivir en el maldito trópico) and the forthcoming The Price of Escape and Para mi, eres divina (In My Eyes, You Are Beautiful). His short stories and essays have appeared in Letras Libres, Guernica Magazine, Caratula.net, KGBBarLit, Playboy Mexico, Currents from the Dancing River: New Writing By Latinos, Tropical Synagogues: Latin American Jewish Fiction, and in literary journals here and abroad. He has also translated thirteen books. He teaches Translation in The City College of New York’s MFA Program and directs the CCNY Publishing Certificate Program.
Monday, March 14- 6:00pm
To Write a Novel, To Write for the Screen: Silence in Words and Visuals
Monday, March 28- 6:00pm
Memoir: Finding Our Life's Story
Louise DeSalvo was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to the children of Italian immigrants. She is currently the Jenny Hunter Endowed Scholar for Creative Writing and Literature at Hunter Colleg, teaching in the Memoir Program of the MFA Program in Creative Writing (the Memoir Program is ranked #7 in the United States). Among her publications are the acclaimed and controversial biography of Virginia Woolf; the memoirs Vertigo, Breathless, and Adultery; Crazy in the Kitchen, On Moving and Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives. She blogs about writing memoir at writingalife.wordpress.com
Monday, April 11- 6:00pm
Poetry and Disobedience
María Negroni was born in Argentina. She has published numerous books of poetry: de tanto desolar, per/canta, La jaula bajo el trapo, Islandia, El viaje de la noche, Diario Extranjero, La ineptitud, Arte y Fuga, and Andanza. She has also published three books of essays: Ciudad Gótica, Museo Negro and El Testigo Lúcido, as well as two novels El sueño de Ursula and La Anunciación, and a book-object, Buenos Aires Tour, in collaboration with Argentine artist Jorge Macchi. She has translated several poets from French and English. She currently teaches Latin American Literature at Sarah Lawrence College.
NOTE!! - Date Change!!
Monday, May 2- 6:00pm
Ernesto Quiñonez is from the Spanish Harlem section of New York City. He received his BA and MA from the City College of New York. His debut novel, Bodega Dreams, was chosen as a Los Angeles Times and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and has been proclaimed a “New Immigrant Classic.” His second critically acclaimed novel, Chango’s Fire, was also well received and his work has appeared in Newsweek, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, El Pais, The Kenyon Review, CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Epoch, and other publications. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Cornell University’s MFA program in Creative Writing.