Jennifer Egan, Stephen Adly Guirgis and others set to visit Writers Institute

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Jennifer Egan, Stephen Adly Guirgis and others set to visit Writers Institute

Over the next few months, a mix of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, novelists, environmental writers and others will visit the University at Albany as part of a packed program hosted by the NYS Writers Institute.

It kicks off Thursday, Jan. 19 with a celebration of the Institute’s 40th anniversary at the University at Albany Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. It will also mark the birthday of founder and Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy. It starts at 18:30

“We are excited to mark this milestone of William Kennedy’s vision in 1983 that has grown into one of the nation’s preeminent literary presenting organizations, offering some of the most distinctive, diverse and dynamic programming in our history of rich,” said director Paul Grondahl. .

Another festival highlight is the Albany Film Festival set for Saturday, April 1 at the UAlbany Campus Center.

All events are set to take place on UAlbany’s city and downtown campuses and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

Thursday, January 19

A celebration of the 40th anniversary of the New York State Writers’ Institute

6:30 pm — Ceremony, Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Thursday, January 26

Blockchain, Bitcoin, and 21st Century Crime, with journalist Andy Greenberg, author of “Trackers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for Cryptocurrency Crime Masters.”

4:30pm – Craft Talk, Standish Room, Science Library

7:30 pm — Talk / Q&A, West Campus Center Auditorium

Tuesday, January 31

From Shaker High School to the New York Times Bestseller: Raven Leilani

4:30pm – Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, West Campus Center Addition

7:30 p.m. – Reading / Q&A, Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, February 1

The Art of the True Crime Podcast with Gilbert King, a Niskayuna native and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and creator of Bone Valley.

4.30pm – Craft Talk, Standish Room, Science Library (3rd floor)

19:30 – Talk / Q&A, Multi-Purpose Room, West Campus Annex

Friday, February 3

Movie Screening: “The Ice Storm”

Show – 7 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Tuesday, February 7

On Becoming a Caregiver for an Uncomfortable Parent with Lynne Tillman, professor/writer-in-residence at UAlbany and author of Mothercare: On Obligation, Love, Death, and Ambivalence.

4:30 pm — Craft Talk, West Campus Center Boardroom (1st Floor)

Friday, February 10

Screening of the film: “Daughters of the Dust”

Show – 7 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Thursday, February 16

Baby Boomers – The Worst Generation? Discussion with Helen Andrews and Jill Filipovic, two millennial journalists who represent different political perspectives.

4:30pm – Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, West Campus Center Addition

7:30 PM – Talk / Q&A, Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Friday, February 17

Screening of the movie: “Indignata”

Show – 7 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Tuesday, February 21

2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with Terri Givens, author of Radical Empathy.

Celebration with Student Speakers and Performers – 7:00 p.m., Campus Center Ballroom

Note: While this event is free, registration will be required. Visit www.albany.edu/odi for more information and to register.

Tuesday, February 28

Living to read, reading to live with fiction writer and essayist Peter Orner

4:30pm – Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, West Campus Center Addition

Thursday, March 2

Feminism for the 21st Century by Jessica Valenti

4:30pm – Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, West Campus Center Addition

7:30 pm — Talk / Q&A, West Campus Center Auditorium

Friday, March 3

Screening of the film: “Last Exit to Brooklyn”

Show – 7 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Tuesday, March 7

On beauty, aging, love, loss, grief and joy with Paulina Porizkova, author of “No filter: the good, the bad and the beautiful”.

7:30 pm — Chat Room / Q&A Room, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Thursday, March 9

Hernan Diaz, former UAlbany faculty member and author of “Trust” in conversation with Paul Stasi

4:30 pm — Craft Talk, Standish Room, Science Library (3rd Floor)

19:30 – Talk / Q&A, Multi-Purpose Room, West Campus Annex

Wednesday, March 15

Celebrating Irish Heritage with poet Paul Muldoon

7:00 PM – Talk/Q&A, Irish American Heritage Museum, 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207

Wednesday, March 22

Middle Grade Books We’ve Been Waiting by David Barclay Moore

6 pm — Talk / Q&A, Main Branch, Albany Public Library, Great Auditorium, 161 Washington Ave, Albany

Registration required: https://davidbarclaymoore.eventbrite.com

Thursday, March 23

Radiant, dazzling and electrifying fiction with Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad and The Candy House.

4:30pm – Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, West Campus Center Addition

7:30 pm — Talk / Q&A, West Campus Center Auditorium

Tuesday, March 28

Pranayama with playwright James Anthony Tyler

Staged reading of Pranayama followed by Q&A with playwright James Anthony Tyler, director and cast.

7:30 p.m. – Onstage Reading, Arena Theater, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Living Unfiltered and Fearless with Rachel Luna, Author, Entrepreneur and Journaling Mentor-in-Residence

Wednesday, March 29

6 pm — Journalism Workshop, Albany Public Library, Great Auditorium, 161 Washington Ave, Albany. Registration required: rachelluna.eventbrite.com

Thursday, March 30

4:30pm – Book Talk on Permit to Offense, Multi-Purpose Room, West Campus Center Addition

Saturday, April 1

3rd Annual Albany Film Festival. Visit www.albanyfilmfestival.org for more details.

Thursday, April 6

From UAlbany to the Literary Stratosphere: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Chain-Gang All-Stars.

4:30pm – Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, West Campus Center Addition

7:30 p.m. – Reading / Q&A, Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Monday, April 10

A historical account of Act Up and the AIDS crisis with Sarah Schulman, historian, novelist and AIDS activist

7:30 pm — Film Screening / Q&A with Sarah Schulman, Campus Center West Boardroom (1st Floor)

Tuesday, April 11

The journey to make a book. UAlbany Faculty Author Exhibit: Sarah Giragosian and David Goldsmith

4:30pm – Talks and Craft Talks, Campus Center West Boardroom (1st Floor)

Wednesday, April 12

RPI’s Annual McKinney Awards with Gish Jen

Reading and McKinney Writing Contest Awards – 7:00 p.m., EMPAC Building, Rensselaer (RPI), 110 8th Street, Troy

Thursday, April 13

Black Hair: A Story of Art, Beauty, Culture, History and Pride

4:30 pm — Book Talk with Lyzette Wanzer, author of Trauma, Tresses, and Truth, Campus Center West Boardroom (1st Floor)

7:30 pm — Celebration with Lyzette Wanzer and student performers, hosted by UAlbany music professor, ethnomusicologist, singer-songwriter, author, and activist Kyra Gaunt, Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Monday, April 17

Burian Lecture on Life in the Performing Arts with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis

7:30 p.m. – 26th Annual Burian Lecture, Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, April 18

America – What the hell happened? With Bill McKibben, leading environmental activist and author

7:30 pm — Talk / Q&A, West Campus Center Auditorium

Wednesday, April 19

The historical significance of Black Lives Matter with historian Peniel Joseph, author of The Third Reconstruction: America’s Quest for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century

7:00 PM – Talk / Q&A, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St., Troy, NY 12180

Tuesday, April 25

A Multi-Generation Saga of Women’s Perseverance with Elizabeth Graver, author of Cantika.

4:30pm – Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, West Campus Center Addition

7:30 pm — Reading/Q&A, Multipurpose Room, West Campus Center Annex

Saturday, April 29

Selected shorts

19:30 – Show, Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center

Advance tickets: $15 general public • $10 UAlbany students, seniors and faculty staff.
Day-of-show tickets: $20 general public • $15 UAlbany students, seniors and faculty staff.

Sunday, April 30 *Rain date Monday, May 1

Second Annual Indigo Day with Indigo Magic: An indigo dyeing workshop
1:00 PM – Workshop, Multipurpose Room, West Campus Center Annex

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