Friday, May 27, 2011

2011 Summer Readings!

The 2011 New York State Summer Writers Institute presents (as in every previous year) an impressive schedule of free readings at Skidmore, July 4-29, at 8PM. The series features a total of 20 events and 38 authors.

We kick off with a joint reading by Elizabeth Benedict (Almost, The Practice of Deceit, and The Joy of Writing Sex) and Joseph O'Neill (Netherland) on July 4th. Other authors (among too many to name) will include Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks, Amy Hempel, Rick Moody, Jamaica Kincaid, Paul Auster, Mary Gordon, Robert Pinsky and William Kennedy.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

It's Not About Winning

The Schenectady Gazette's Jack Rightmyer has a new book about the real purpose of sports and sports education, It's Not About Winning: One Runner's Reflections on Fatherhood, Coaching and Athletics (2011).

Amby Burfoot, Editor at Large of Runner's World magazine says, "Jack Rightmyer set out to write a modest memoir for his two children, but he accomplished much more. He wrote a little book that's positively bursting with love for sports, running, coaching, family and fatherhood. Every word rings deep and true."

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ed Sanders on the cover of LIFE

The cover of Ed Sanders's new memoir, Fug You, due out later this spring, repurposes the 1967 LIFE magazine cover that featured Ed as the poster child of the Counterculture.

The original image, which appeared February 17, 1967, bears the following title: "HAPPENINGS... The worldwide underground of the arts creates THE OTHER CULTURE." Beneath Ed's paint-spattered picture is the following caption: "Ed Sanders, a leader of New York's Other Culture."

Ed Sanders will visit the Writers Institute today, May 5, 2011. Note: The 8PM Reading will be in the Assembly Hall, Campus Center, NOT the Recital Hall as mistakenly listed in the press according to some reports.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Congratulations to Suzanne Lance, Assistant Director

Suzanne Lance, Assistant Director of the New York State Writers Institute, will receive two awards this week: the 2011 UAlbany President's Excellence Award for Professional Service and the 2011 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

According to the guidelines for the UAlbany Excellence Awards, "Nominees for the award must be individuals who have repeatedly sought improvement of themselves, their campuses—and by extension or through direct service—the State University and, in doing so, have transcended the normal definitions of excellence." The award will be given today in the Campus Center Ballroom.

The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are "System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence." The Chancellor's Award will be given Friday in the President's Office.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Suzanne Lance on the TU Front Page

Suzanne Lance, Assistant Director of the New York State Writers Institute and active member of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, is featured on the front page of today's Times Union in a story written by Paul Grondahl.

Suzanne wrote the history chapter of the new book, Heaven Up-h'isted-ness: The History of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers and the High Peaks of the Adirondacks (2011). She also served as production manager for the book.

"For lead author and editor Suzanne Lance, eight years she spent researching and writing the book was a labor of love. She was born into it. Her father, Bill Lance, got involved because his Sunday school teacher at Grace Methodist Church in Troy, Ed Hudowalski (No. 6) and the church's pastor, Ryder (No. 7), brought the youngsters along on their spiritually-tinged Adirondack hikes...." More.

You may order the book from the 46er website.

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