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  • NYS Writers Institute

Literary Legends Gala on Saturday, October 1

Sylvie Kantorovitz and Edward Schwarzschild at “An Evening with the Authors” in Albany on June 9, 2022. Photo by Mars Photography.

Please join us Saturday at the Albany Public Library's 8th Annual Literary Legends Gala honoring Edward Schwarzschild and Sylvie Kantorovitz.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Delaware Avenue branch of the Albany Public Library, 331 Delaware Avenue, Albany NY 12209. For more information visit

Edward Schwarzschild

Edward Schwarzschild is the author of the novels In Security and Responsible Men and the story collection, The Family Diamond. While writing In Security, Schwarzschild worked as a Transportation Security Officer-in-training at Albany International Airport. His next book, Job Security (under contract with MIT Press), is a non-fiction, interview-based documentary collaboration with the photographer Danny Goodwin about the expanding world of security labor in America.

Edward Schwarzschild is a Professor of English, the Director of Creative Writing, and a Fellow of the New York State Writers Institute. His wife, Elisa Albert, was honored as a Literary Legend in 2020.

Sylvie Kantorovitz

Sylvie Kantorovitz author and illustrator, was born in Casablanca, Morocco, and grew up in France. She studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and the Art Students League in New York.

Her latest book is Sylvie (2021), a middle-grade graphic-memoir about her young years in France. Sylvie has been called “enchanting and witty” (School Library Journal), “comforting, warm, calm, and deeply satisfying” (Kirkus), “a delightful graphic-novel memoir of artistic coming-of-age for children ages 8-14.” (Wall Street Journal). Kantorovitz has illustrated many books, including the 1998 bestseller, Wheels on the Bus, based on the song by Raffi, the international superstar of children’s music.

Sylvie recently hosted an event at the Albany Book Festival.

The Literary Legends awards event began in 2014 and has become 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.


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