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Albany Book Festival author spotlight: Quiara Alegría Hudes

A look at some of the featured authors coming to our 4th Annual Albany Book Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 25, at the University at Albany.


Today's featured author: Quiara Alegría Hudes

Quiara Alegría Hudes, credit The New Yorker, Elliott Jerome Brown, Jr
Photo credit The New Yorker, Elliott Jerome Brown, Jr.

Playwright, lyricist and essayist Quiara Alegría Hudes is the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist of Water By the Spoonful; author of a memoir, My Broken Language; and screenwriter of In the Heights and Vivo.


Previously, she co-wrote the Tony Award-winning stage musical In the Heights with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Miss You Like Hell at the Public Theater with Erin McKeown. Hudes’ notable essays include High Tide of Heartbreak in American Theater Magazine, #OurMothersToo in The Atlantic, and Corey Couldn’t Take It Anymore in The Cut.


At the Albany Book Festival, Quiara Alegría Hudes will be in conversation with WAMC Northeast Public Radio's Sarah LaDuke, senior contributing producer of The Roundtable and producer of The Book Show.


The books

We support local, independent booksellers. You may purchase Quiara Alegría Hudes' books at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza: https://www.bhny.com/search/site/Quiara%20Alegr%C3%ADa%20Hudes


In the news

"Quiara Alegría ’99 discusses art and disruption", Jan. 27, 2020, Yale Daily News

Quiara Alegría Hudes on why Washington Heights neighborhood is the true star of "In the Heights", June 21, 2021, msn.com

How Lin-Manuel Miranda And Quiara Alegría Hudes Assert Dignity With 'In The Heights', NPR, June 11, 2021

NBC News video: ‘In The Heights’ screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes on the new film’s inherent ‘healing spirit’



Find out more about Quiara Alegría Hudes

Visit her website at http://www.quiara.com

and follow the Emancipated Stories Project at www.instagram.com/emancipated_stories_project


About the Albany Book Festival

The fourth annual event, on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the University at Albany, will be held in-person for the first time since 2019. Events will begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. More information at www.albanybookfestival.com


The list of Albany Book Festival guests includes (subject to change):

  • Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black: Stories),

  • Ayad Akhtar (Homeland Elegies),

  • Robert Boyers (The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, The Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies),

  • Elizabeth Brundage (The Vanishing Point),

  • Mary Gaitskill (This is Pleasure),

  • Garth Greenwell (Cleanness),

  • Farah Jasmine Griffin (Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature),

  • Janell Hobson (When God Lost Her Tongue: Historical Consciousness and the Black Feminist Imagination),

  • Quiara Alegría Hudes (My Broken Language: A Memoir, co-wrote the Tony Award-winning stage musical "In the Heights" with Lin-Manuel Miranda.),

  • Amitava Kumar (A Time Outside This Time),

  • Reif Larsen (Uma Wimple Charts her House),

  • Emily Layden (All Girls),

  • Ed Lin (David Tung Can’t Have a Girlfriend Until He Gets Into an Ivy League College),

  • George Makari (Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia),

  • Bethany C. Morrow (So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix),

  • Peter Osnos (An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen),

  • Jay Parini (Borges and Me: An Encounter),

  • David Pietrusza (Too Long Ago: A Childhood Memoir. A Vanished World.),

  • Nathaniel Philbrick (Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy),

  • David Rohde (In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America’s “Deep State”),

  • Ed Schwarzschild (In Security),

  • Dana Spiotta (Wayward),

  • Setsuko Winchester (www.yellowbowlproject.com) and

  • Simon Winchester (LAND: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World).

The book festival will also include a Local Authors Marketplace, readings by young local writers published in Skribblers magazine; and readings from banned books to help kick off Banned Books Week beginning September 26 with the theme, “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” The festival’s children’s programming is organized by Skribblers and the Albany Public Library.


More information at albanybookfestival.com.


Albany Book Festival Sponsors

The NYS Writers Institute is grateful for the following individuals and businesses whose donations help fund this year's Albany Book Festival.


Premier

Bruce Piasecki & The Creative Force Fund

Presenting

Pernille Ægidius Dake / George and Kathleen McNamee / Renaissance Corporation of Albany

Charles Touhey and Alice Green / University Auxiliary Services

Supporting

Times Union / Ellen Jabbur / Stuyvesant Plaza

Friend

Laurie Bank and Stuart Freyer / A. Andrew Casano, MD & Bella Pipas / Bernard F. Conners Foundation / The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza / Susan Novotny / CDPHP / Fenimore Asset Management / FAM Funds / Doris Fischer Malesardi / The Foy Fund / Henry Greenberg / Paul and Mary Grondahl / Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. / William and Dana Kennedy / William & Mary Jean Krackeler / Betsy Lopez / Mackin & Casey / Modern Press / Jeffrey Pollard / Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC / Roberta and Bob Redmond / Mary Scanlan / Herb and Cynthia Shultz / Jim and Teresa Stellar / Steve McKee Foundation / UAlbany William L. Reese Emeritus Center Three Voices Grant Program