Friday, June 21, 2013

Charmaine Cadeau's New Poetry Collection

Former NYS Writers Institute graduate assistant Charmaine Cadeau has a new poetry collection, Placeholder (2013).

Canada's current Parliament-appointed Poet Laureate Fred Wah says in advance praise, “The poetry in Placeholder is intriguing in the materiality and intensity of its language. But one wants a slow read to relish the lush assemblage and careful juxtapositions ... These poems/placeholders invite us to dawdle the ‘whole while’ and ponder the ordered melange of this poetic curiosity shop.”

More about the book:

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Summer Writers Institute in Saratoga

We invite you to attend the following FREE events:

All Readings are at 8:00 p.m. in
the Davis Audiorium, Palamountain Hall, Skidmore College, 815 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Free and open to the public

For more information, contact the Skidmore Office of the Dean of Special Programs at 518-580-5593 or

Poetry and Fiction Reading
Campbell McGrath (poet, American Noise) and Elizabeth Benedict (novelist, Almost) (novelist, The Practice of Deceit; Almost)

Fiction Reading
Paul Auster (author, The Brooklyn Follies) and Siri Hustvedt (novelist, What I Loved)

Fiction and Poetry Reading
Ann Beattie (novelist, Love Always) and Robert Polito (poet, Hollywood and God)

Poetry and Fiction Reading
Frank Bidart (poet, Metaphysical Dog) and Binnie Kirshenbaum (novelist, The Scenic Route)

Poetry Reading
Robert Pinsky (former Poet Laureate)

Fiction Reading
Phillip Lopate (author, Portrait Inside My Head) and Adam Braver (novelist,Misfit)

Poetry and Fiction Reading
Rosanna Warren (poet, Ghost In A Red Hat) and Paul Harding (Pulitzer Prize, novel Tinkers)

Fiction Reading
Bharati Mukherjee (novelist, Miss New India) and Clark Blaise (novelist, The Meagre Tarmac)

Fiction and Poetry Reading
Claire Messud (novelist, The Woman Upstairs) and Jorie Graham (Pulitzer Prize; author, Dream of the Unified Field)

Fiction Reading
Joyce Carol Oates (National Book Award, them; We Were The Mulvaneys)

Amy Hempel (fictionist, The Dog of the Marriage) and Honor Moore (memoirist,TheBishop’s Daughter)

Fiction and Poetry Reading
Russell Banks (novelist, The Darling) and Chase Twichell (poet, Dog Language)

Fiction and Poetry Reading
Rick Moody (fictionist, Demonology) and Tom Healy (poet, What the Left Hand Knows)

Non-Fiction and Poetry Reading
Mark Strand (Pulitzer Prize, Poetry) and Peg Boyers (poet, Honey with Tobacco, Hard Bread)

Fiction Reading
William Kennedy (Pulitzer Prize, Ironweed; Roscoe)

Mary Gaitskill (novelist, Veronica) and Jane Shore (poet, That Said)

Fiction and Poetry Reading
Jamaica Kincaid (novelist, See Now Then) and Henri Cole (poet, Middle Earth)

Poetry and Fiction Reading
Charles Simic (Former Poet-Laureate, Pulitzer Prize, New & Selected Poems) and Linda Spalding (novelist, The Purchase)

Fiction Reading
Michael Ondaatje (Booker Prize, The English Patient) and Howard Norman (novelist-memoirist, I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place)

Poetry and Non-Fiction Reading
Richard Howard (Pulitzer Prize, Poetry, Talking Cures) and Jim Miller (Democracy is in the Streets)




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Friday, June 7, 2013

WWII Historian Joe Persico Publishes New Book

Leading World War II historian and Guilderland resident Joseph Persico has a new book, Roosevelt's Centurions (2013), about the war-time President's relationships with his various commanders and generals.

Persico is also the author of the words that are engraved for posterity on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D. C.:  "Here we mark the price of freedom."

Paul Grondahl of the Times Union has an interview with Persico about the new book:

Persico, who ghost-wrote Colin Powell's My American Journey, last visited the Institute in 2004:

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2 Nobel Prize-winners Discuss Origins of Life at UAlbany

Two Nobel Laureates will discuss the chemistry that produced the origins of life when they serve as the keynote lecturers at Albany 2013: The 18th Conversation, presented by University at Albany’s departments of Chemistry and Biological Sciences on June 11- 15. The event will draw more than 300 delegates from over 20 countries to the UAlbany Uptown Campus.

Jack Szostak from Harvard University and Ada Yonath from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, will speak on June 12 at 8 p.m. in Lecture Center 18.

The lectures are open to the public!

Szostak is the co-editor of the book, The Origins of Life (2010).

The 18th Conversation is sponsored by the University’s departments of Chemistry and Biological Sciences and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which has funded the Conversation since 1981.

For more information, email Dr.Ramaswamy Sarma at

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Kennedy Novel to Become an Opera

"William Kennedy finds it fitting that his novel Roscoe, a fictional reconstitution of Albany's legendary Democratic political machine, is going to be turned into an opera by local composer Evan Mack."

"'I think Roscoe would approve because he led a grand, operatic life,' Kennedy said of the title character, Roscoe Conway, the machine's fixer and bagman who wants to quit politics after 26 years of carrying out its chicanery."

"The novel is set in Albany on V-J Day, 1945. The New Yorker praised it for being 'thick with crime, passion and backroom banter.'  The novel was published in 2002 and reached the New York Times bestseller list."

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Gene Mirabelli Wins Top Indie Fiction Prize

82-year-old Eugene Mirabelli, Professor Emeritus at UAlbany who presented his newest novel at the Writers Institute on February 26, 2013, has won the Literary Fiction Gold Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book awards.

This year the number one spot in the literary fiction category was a tie, and Eugene Mirabelli’s novel, Renato the Painter, shares top honors with Ned Bachus’s City of Brotherly Love.

The Awards program was created to highlight the year’s most distinguished books from independent publishers. Award winners are chosen by librarians and booksellers who are on the front lines, working everyday with patrons and customers. Some 125 books competed for the literary fiction Gold Medal. These books are examples of independent publishing at its finest.

More about Delmar resident Gene Mirabelli:

More about last February's event:

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