Noted writers Edwidge Danticat, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Lore Segal, and Garry Trudeau are among the seven members of the NYS Writers Hall of Fame 2020 Class of Inductees, in an announcement event held in New York on Tuesday, Feb. 4. 

The four writers will attend the induction ceremonies on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at the Princeton Club of New York, an event produced in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute at the University at Albany.

In addition, three deceased writers: Bill Finger, Anna Katherine Green, and Oscar Hammerstein II will be inducted.  

“This year is the 11th anniversary of the New York State Writers Hall of Fame,” said Rocco Staino, Director for the Empire State Center of the Book, the organization that oversees the Hall of Fame, “Each year the interest in the Hall of Fame grows with a number of nominations coming from the general public.” More

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Edwidge Danticat and Lore Segal are among the more than 2,000 writers who have visited Albany for NYS Writers Institute events.

From NYS Writers Institute Paul Grondahl: 

We are thrilled to partner with the Empire State Center of the Book in presenting this year’s inductees of the New York State Writers Hall of Fame,” said Paul Grondahl, Director of the New York State Writers Institute.

“Rocco and his group of volunteers are devoted ambassadors for literature and promoting literacy. I have attended the event the past three years and had the honor of introducing past inductees William Kennedy, Russell Shorto and Doris Kearns Goodwin. It is a glittering literary evening, the Princeton Club is an elegant setting and I strongly urge you to reserve your seats early so you don’t get shut out. Seating is limited.” 

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