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October 13, 2004

Writer’s Talk Lecture Series Continues With Novelist Maggie Scarf
Semester line-up features widely acclaimed authors and scholars

Amber Bryant (

Southampton, NY—Southampton College will continue its Writers Talk Lecture Series with a reading by novelist Maggie Scarf on Wednesday, October 27. The talk is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Oceanview Lounge in Pratt Center.

Scarf’s latest novel, “Secrets, Lies, Betrayals: The Body/Mind Connection,” is a Book of the Month Club selection in which she discusses the body’s connection to memories. She is a Writer in Residence at Yale University and the author of “Unfinished Business” and “Intimate Partners.”

The rest of the Writers Talk Lecture Series goes as follows:

November 3—Roger Rosenblatt

Rosenblatt is an essayist, playwright and novelist who earned two George Polk Awards, a Peabody and an Emmy for his work featured in Time magazine and on “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” He will read from his first novel, “Rules For Aging: A Wry and Witty Guide to Life,” which is a national bestseller.

November 10—Bharati Mukherjee

Mukherjee’s novel “The Middleman and Other Stories” won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 1988. Publisher’s Weekly praised her most recent novel, “The Tree Bride: A Novel,” calling it “vibrant” and “a suspenseful story about the lingering effects of past secrets.”

November 17—Melissa Bank

Bank’s first novel, “The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing,” is a New York Times bestseller and has been published in 21 countries. She is currently translating the “Girl’s Guide” into a screenplay and working on her second novel, which will be published in June. Bank won the Nelson Algren Award for short fiction in 1993.

December 1—Stefan Kanfer

Kanfer is the author of 12 books and a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library. His definitive biography of Lucille Ball, “Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball” was a bestseller, as was his biography of Groucho Marx, “Groucho: The Life and Times of Julius Henry Marx.” Kanfer wrote for Time magazine for more than 20 years.

December 8—MFA Student Reading

Students in the Master of Fine Arts program at the college will share their poetry and fiction.

The MFA program at Southampton College puts aspiring writers in touch with widely published authors and scholars in the heart of the Hamptons. Distinguished faculty include essayist and television commentator Roger Rosenblatt, novelist Kaylie Jones, short story and non-fiction writer Clark Blaise, as well as a host of acclaimed guests, including Frank McCourt and poet laureate Billy Collins.

All Writers Talk readings are free and open to the public. The series is sponsored by the Southampton College Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and the provost’s office. Please call (631) 287-8432 for more information.

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