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Great Writers, Great Readings

Great Writers, Great Readings 2007-08

Eavan Boland
Poet whose books include Against Love Poetry: Poems and The Lost Land. Ms. Boland is also the author of a volume of prose, Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time, and co-editor of The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 7 p.m.

Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall,
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor
South Campus

Antonio Cisneros
Peruvian poet and novelist Antonio Cisneros started his writing career in 1961 with Destierro, which is still regarded among the classics of Latin-American lyric poetry. His later writing focused more on political issues. Comentarios reales de Antonio Cisneros was aimed at the distortion of history by officials in his own country. His greatest success came in 1968 with the publication of Canto ceremonial contra un oso hormiguero, followed by 1972’s Como higuera en un campo de golf.

Monday, October 1, 2007, 7 p.m.
Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor
South Campus

Kiran Desai
Author of two novels, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard and The Inheritance of Loss, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2006, given in Great Britain for the best novel of the year. In 2006 The Inheritance of Loss was called “an extraordinary new novel … lit by a moral intelligence at once fierce and tender” by the New York Times Book Review in a front-cover review. The Inheritance of Loss also won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in 2007. The wisdom and humor of Ms. Desai’s writing have prompted universal acclaim.

Monday, October 29, 2007, 7 p.m.
Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor
South Campus

Edmund White
Novelist and non-fiction writer who has written and edited more than 20 books, including the novels Forgetting Elena, Nocturnes for the King of Naples and Caracole. He also wrote a series of autobiographical works, including A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty and The Farewell Symphony, capped by the engaging confessional My Lives.

Monday, November 19, 2007, 11:15 a.m.
Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor
South Campus

Jonathan Lethem
Novelist whose work ranges from science fiction to westerns to crime fiction. His 1999 detective novel, Motherless Brooklyn, won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award. His best-selling novel The Fortress of Solitude, was a brilliant examination of the crucible of adolescence, rock music, superheroes, Brooklyn gentrification and interracial friendships. Mr. Lethem was awarded a MacArthur fellowship in 2005, among his many other prizes.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 11:15 a.m.
Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor
South Campus

Lynn Nottage
Playwright of Intimate Apparel, which was produced in New York at the Roundabout Theatre Company after its world premiere production at Center Stage and South Coast Repertory. The play received numerous awards, including the 2004 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, the 2004 Steinberg /American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and the 2004 Francesca Primus Prize.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 11:15 a.m.
Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor
South Campus