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October 18, 2004

Writer’s Talk Lecture Series Continues With Renowned Essayist Roger Rosenblatt
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, essayist and playwright Roger Rosenblatt on Wednesday, Nov. 3. The talk is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Oceanview Lounge in Pratt Center.

Rosenblatt earned two George Polk Awards, a Peabody and an Emmy for his work featured in Time magazine and on “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” His Time cover essay, “A Letter to the Year 2086,” was placed inside a time capsule in the Statue of Liberty to be opened at its centennial.

He will read from his first novel, “Rules For Aging: A Wry and Witty Guide to Life,” which is a national bestseller.

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

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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