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Fall 2016 Guest Speakers

The Writing Center's special events are FREE and open to the public. A question and answer session plus book-signing and reception will follow most lectures. Call 212-772-4295 to RSVP or email

Meg Wolitzer

September 27, 2016 | 7:00pm | West Building 3rd Floor, Glass Café


Meg Wolitzer has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, Princeton University, and at Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA program. She is best known for her novels The Interestings, The Wife , The Ten-Year Nap, and The Uncoupling. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. Her book This Is Your Life has been adapted into film, scripted and directed by Nora Ephron.

*Photo by Tim Knox



Wendy Walker

October 11, 2016 | 7:00pm | West Building 3rd Floor, Glass Café


Wendy Walker has edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Her best known work is the 2015 psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten, which will be made into film by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard.

*Photo by Bill Miles



Christopher Cerf

Jack Burstyn Memorial Lecturer
October 18, 2016 | 7:00pm | West Building 3rd Floor, Glass Café


Christopher Cerf is an author and composer-lyricist. He is known for his collaborations with Marlo Thomas on Free to Be... a Family book, which reached #1 on The New York Times bestseller list within a week of its publication in 1987. He is the co-creator and an Executive Producer of Between the Lions, a PBS Kids puppet television series designed to promote reading.

*Photo by Seth Wenig



Katherine Vaz

November 10, 2016 | 7:00pm | West Building 3rd Floor, Glass Café


Katherine Vaz is an author best known for her novels Saudade and Mariana. She is the first Portuguese-American to have her work recorded for the Hispanic division of the Library of Congress. In 2007, she won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize for her novel Our Lady of the Artichokes and Other Portuguese-American Stories.

*Photo by Lance Evans



Richard Lederer

Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas Lecturer
November 17, 2016 | 7:00pm | West Building 3rd Floor, Glass Café


Richard Lederer is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current books, Amazing Words, Lederer on Language, and Challenging Words. As 2016 marks the 400th year since William Shakespeare's death, Dr. Lederer brings us his performance, Living Will: The Legacy Of William Shakespeare, wherein he will demonstrate, through excerpts from the Bard's plays and sonnets, that Shakespeare is alive and living robustly in the 21st century.

*Photo by Taylor Arroyo-Tabin



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