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Albany Book Festival: J. Courtney Sullivan, Thursday, starting at 1 p.m.

Hello Friends,

We're thrilled to launch our third annual Albany Book Festival with today's event:

Novelist J. Courtney Sullivan in conversation with Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl.

The video will premiere at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 10). You can watch it here and also view it on our YouTube channel later at your convenience. More information at

Coming up Friday at 1 p.m.

Presidential scholar Harold Holzer discussing his ]newest book, The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Batter Between The White House and the Media—From the Founding Fathers to Fake News. In conversation with Times Union editor-at-large Rex Smith

We launch our first workshops on Saturday. They're offered free and open to the public.

So You’re Young and Want to Write, moderated by Jackie Orchard and Elaine Salisbury
Saturday, Sept. 12, from noon to 1 p.m.

The How-To’s and Business End of Publishing During a Pandemic, moderated by Mary Valentis

Saturday, Sept. 12, from 2 to 3 p.m.

NYS Writers Institute’s Third Annual Albany Book Festival

Schedule of events

Thursday, September 10 at 1 p.m.

Bestselling author on her new novel Friends and Strangers

Friday, September 11 at 1 p.m. HAROLD HOLZER On his latest book The Presidents vs. The Press: The Endless Batter Between The White House and the Media—From the Founding Fathers to Fake News.

Moderated by Rex Smith, Editor-at-Large at the Times Union

Saturday, September 12 from noon to 1 p.m.

Saturday, September 12 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Workshop: The How-To’s and Business End of Publishing During a Pandemic MARY VALENTIS

Monday, September 14 at 1 p.m.
Conversation: Taking Risk with Your Writing

Gish Jen’s new book The Resisters has been nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Jane Leavy’s new book is The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created

Tuesday, September 15 at 1 p.m. CREE LeFAVOUR & DWIGHT GARNER

A Conversation About Books and a Bookish Marriage
Acclaimed food writer Cree LeFavour’s first novel, Private Means, was published in May, and her husband Dwight Garner is book critic for The New York Times and also a founding editor at

Wednesday, September 16 at 1 p.m.
Former child soldier, UNICEF Ambassador, on his new book Little Family

Thursday, September 17, at 1 p.m.
On Murdoch’s first book Yellow Bird Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country, and Treuer’s new book The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

Friday, September 18, at 1 p.m.
National Book Award-winning author on his newest novel Apeirogon

Saturday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to noon
Workshop: Ask Tom Anything About Book Writing, Publishing, or Marketing

Saturday, September 19, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Workshop: Memoirama: Everything You Need To Know To Write Memoir

Saturday, September 19, from 4 to 5 p.m.
Workshop: Hope on the Page: A Climate Writing Workshop

Monday, September 21, at 1 p.m. NOAM CHOMSKY & ROBERT POLLIN

Discussing their new book Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal
Tuesday, September 22, at 1 p.m.
A Conversation About the Joys of the Short Story Form

Wednesday, September 23, at 1 p.m. MATTHEW McELLIGOTT

On his latest children’s book DO NOT EAT THE GAME!

Thursday, September 24. Live Event at 7:30 p.m. SISTER HELEN PREJEAN

Roman Catholic nun, author of Dead Man Walking, and advocate for the abolition of the death penalty




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