Just announced: Fall 2019 Schedule of Events

Rather. Rakim. Rushdie. 

An iconic news anchor, a hip-hop legend and a novelist of world renown are just three of the names in the exciting series of fall events announced today by The New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany.

Join us for this ambitious fall season, starting with Dan Rather on Friday, September 6, who serves as a a season kickoff for the Albany Book Festival on Saturday, September 14.

At the season's midpoint, the Writers Institute welcomes musical artist Rakim on Monday, October 28. Consistently ranked among the greatest rappers in musical history, Rakim will be interviewed by WAMC's Joe Donahue for a Creative Life Series discussion of the hip-hop legend's new memoir, Sweat The Technique: Revelations On Creativity From The Lyrical Genius

Salman Rushdie returns to Albany on Wednesday, December 4. Rushdie packed Page Hall in his first visit to the Writers Institute in April 2018, and he returns to Albany with his new novel Quichotte, a dazzling homage to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s Don Quixote. In Rushdie’s Quichotte, a second-rate writer of spy thrillers falls in love with a TV star and sets off on a cross-country quest to prove himself worthy of her hand. Publishers Weekly called it, “a brilliant rendition of the cheesy, sleazy, scary pandemonium of life in modern times."

NYS Writers Institute Fall 2019 season brochure

Other notable events announced by the Writers Institute include an evening with major American poet Nikki Giovanni on Thursday, October 10, and a special event with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds and her former student Ocean Vuong, on Thursday, October 24. Vuong's recent work, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, has been named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah.com and more.

The annual WCI Film Festival and Lecture Series brings award-winning actor Tony Shalhoub to Albany for a screening and discussion of his 1996 film BIG NIGHT on Friday, November 8. Shalhoub, who starred in the TV series Monk, currently plays Abe Weissman, the father of the title character on Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  


In related news, Mrs. Maisel fans will enjoy the Friday, October 25, event with writer/producer Kate Fodor, who will screen clips from the show and discuss her role as a television writer and playwright.

Such an amazing array of talented and artistic minds coming to Albany free of charge (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public.

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