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November 22, 2004

Writer’s Talk Lecture Series Continues With Award-Winning Novelist Kanfer
Semester line-up features widely acclaimed authors and scholars

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Southampton, NY -- Southampton College will continue its Writers Talk Lecture Series with a reading by novelist Stefan Kanfer on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The talk is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Oceanview Lounge in Pratt Center.

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.”

He has written several novels and many social histories, including “A Journal of the Plague Years,” about the show business blacklist during the McCarthy era. A literary lion of the New York Public Library, he was a writer and editor at Time magazine for more than 20 years. He has also contributed to the publication City Journal. He currently resides in New York City.

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

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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