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Happy Birthday William Kennedy!

Best wishes for a happy 94th birthday to William Kennedy, founder of the NYS Writers Institute, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, mentor to generations of writers, and Albany's greatest literary ambassador.


Let's raise a toast to Bill and enjoy a sampling of videos from our YouTube archives.

2020: A Zoom conversation with William Kennedy and Paul Grondahl


2019: Francis Ford Coppola and William Kennedy discuss "The Cotton Club" at a sold-out event at the Empire State Plaza, Albany


2018: 90th birthday celebration remarks, Cafe Capriccio, Albany