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Spring 2016 Guest Speakers

The Writing Center's special events are free and open to the public. Our spring terms feature the Best Selling Authors Series and Great Thinkers Series. A question and answer session plus book-signing and reception will follow most lectures. Call 212-772-4295 to RSVP or email


Lucinda Franks

February 8, 2016 | 7:00pm | Faculty Dining Room, West Building 8th Floor

Lucinda Franks is the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She is a former staff writer for The New York Times, has written regularly for The New YorkerThe New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic.  She has written four books including Waiting out a War: The Exile of Private John Picciano, Wild Apples, and My Father’s Secret War. Her latest book is a memoir of her unconventional marriage to New York’s most powerful prosecutor, called Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me.

*Photo by Vassar

Katherine Howe

February 23, 2016 | 7:00pm | Faculty Dining Room, West Building 8th Floor

Katherine Howe is the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance DaneThe House of Velvet and Glass, and Conversion. Her fiction has been translated into over twenty-five languages, and she teaches at Cornell.

*Photo by Columbia

Nelson Demille

March 7, 2016 | 7:00pm | Faculty Dining Room, West Building 8th Floor

Nelson Demille is The New York Times #1 Bestselling Author, and is the author of eighteen acclaimed novels, including Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion and The Panther. His other New York Times bestsellers include The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast, Spencerville, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, Wild Fire and The General’s Daughter, the last of which was a major motion picture.

*Photo by Grado Cero Prensa

Lawrence Block

May 3, 2016 | 7:00pm | 3rd Floor Glass Cafeteria, West Building

Lawrence Block is an acclaimed contemporary American crime writer best known for two long-running New York-set series, about the recovering alcoholic P.I. Matthew Scudder and gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr. Block was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and he has published over 100 books – many of which have been filmed.

*Photo by Mesaj Privat



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