Category Archives: Upcoming Events

Great Writers, Great Readings Announces 2014-15 Lineup

All Great Writers, Great Readings events are free and open to the public. The events for 2014-2015 take place at the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

For more information, please call (516) 463-5410 or visit hofstra.edu/gwgr.

Jeffrey K. Eugenides
Monday, November 10, 2014, 7 p.m.

Jeffrey K. Eugenides is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer. His works include The Virgin Suicides, which was adapted into a feature film directed by Sofia Coppola; Middlesex, for which he received the Pulitzer; and The Marriage Plot, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He teaches creative writing at Princeton University.
photo © Gaspar Tringale
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Belinda McKeon
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

Belinda McKeon received acclaim for her 2011 debut novel, Solace, which was named a Kirkus Outstanding Debut and Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, as well as winner of the Sunday Independent Best Newcomer Award. Her writing has been published in journals including The Paris Review, The Guardian and The Dublin Review, and she has also covered the arts for The Irish Times for more than 10 years.
photo © Hiroki Kobayashi
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D.T. Max
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 11:15 a.m.

D.T. Max is a graduate of Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. His new book, Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, was released by Viking Penguin on August 30, 2012 and was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery.
photo © Curt Richter

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Quiara Alegría Hudes
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 11:15 a.m.

Quiara Alegría Hudes wrote the book for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights and is most recently the author of The Elliot Trilogy, three standalone plays that trace the coming of age of a bright, charismatic, and haunted young man who escapes “el barrio” in Philadelphia, becomes a Marine, and in the aftermath of his service in Iraq must find his way to adulthood. Each play explores a different kind of music — Bach, Coltrane, and Puerto Rican folk music — to structure its narrative. Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue premiered at Page 73 Productions in 2006 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. Water by the Spoonful premiered at Hartford Stage Company in 2011 and won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Happiest Song Plays Last premiered at the Goodman Theatre in 2013. The plays have been produced around the country and internationally, including at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre.

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Elizabeth Spires
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 7 p.m.

Elizabeth Spires is a critically acclaimed poet and children’s book author. She won a 1996 Whiting Award for her volume Worldling. Her children’s books include With One White Wing and Riddle Road: Puzzles in Poems and Pictures, which offer children a chance to guess at rhyming riddles, using the illustrations and the snatches of poetry as clues. The Mouse of Amherst is perhaps Spires’s best known children’s book. The brief but beguiling tale is narrated by Emmaline, a mouse who has taken up residence behind the wall in Emily Dickinson’s room.

Join us for Steven Mentz, Wednesday 3/12, Common Hour

Steven Mentz; Steven Mentz wears a hat; behind him we see a ship

We are pleased to present a lecture by Steve Mentz, Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at St. John’s University, and a pioneer (or better yet, an intrepid Captain) in an increasingly essential mode of early modern ecocritical scholarship: what he has coined as “The New Thalessology,” the “Blue Humanities” or “Blue Cultural Studies.”

His talk––with pictures!––is entitled “Rising Waters, Pirate Utopias, Antony and Cleopatra,”  For a sneak peak, check out his description of it on his blog, the Book Fish.

For even more examples of Dr. Mentz’s fascinating work, see the online gallery and archive of his wonderful 2010 exhibition for the Folger Shakespeare Library,  “Lost at Sea: The Ocean in the English Imagination, 1550-1750″

The talk will be held on Wednesday March 12, in the Spiegel Theater, Room 0150, from 11:20 am – 12:40 pm.

The lecture is free and open to the public!