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EVENT: Literary Legends Gala 2021 on Saturday, October 16

Please join us next week at the Albany Public Library's 8th Annual Literary Legends Gala honoring Lydia Davis and Eugene Mirabelli, two writers with long connections to the NYS Writers Institute and the University at Albany.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Pine Hills branch of the Albany Public Library, 157 Western Avenue, Albany 12203. The event will also be available for online viewing via Zoom.

Due to COVID restrictions, only a limited number of in-person tickets will be available.

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Lydia Davis
Photo by Theo Cote

Lydia Davis is a world renowned short-story author and translator widely known for her unique writing style, which includes detailed descriptions of the mundane.

She has published six collections of fiction. Her most recent publication is Essays One, her first collection of non-fiction, published in 2019. A second volume, Essays Two, will be published this November and collects her essays and talks on the art of translation. She has won several awards, including the Man Booker International Prize and a MacArthur fellowship.

Lydia Davis is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in France. She is also a Fellow Emeritus of the NYS Writers Institute and taught creative writing at University at Albany.

Eugene Mirabelli
NYS Writers Institute archive photo

Eugene Mirabelli is an award-winning author whose works have been translated into several languages.

He is the author of 10 novels, six of which create a mosaic about an Italian American family that stretches from nineteenth-century Sicily to modern day Boston. Among these inter-related works are three which he has revised and assembled into a new, multi-faceted novel, Renato!, published just last winter.

Eugene Mirabelli was founder and director of the Alternative Literary Programs in the Schools (ALPS), and is Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany.

The Literary Legends awards event began in 2014 and have become the is the most important fundraiser of the year for the Friends and Foundation of the Albany Public Library. In its inaugural year, the Literary Legends awards were given to NYS Writers Institute Founder & Executive Director William Kennedy, Director Paul Grondahl, and former Times Union reporter and author Amy Biancolli.

In January, we posted this video conversation with Gene, his publisher Bruce McPherson, and NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl.


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