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Happy Birthday William Kennedy!

Best wishes for a happy 95th 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.


Join us Thursday, January 19, at the University at Albany as we celebrate Bill's 95th and our 40th.


6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2023 Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center University at Albany Uptown Campus See map Free and open to the public.


Here is a sampling of William Kennedy videos from our YouTube archives.

2021: Russell Banks in conversation with William Kennedy


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



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


2016: William Kennedy Discusses Adapting The Novel Ironweed To Film


2012: C-SPAN Cities Tour - Albany: O Albany! -- William Kennedy









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