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New York State Writers Institute


by The Staff October 16, 2015


  Did you know that there’s an “unofficial capital” of the Oxycodone abuse epidemic? It’s Oceana, W.Va., and this town under siege is the subject of filmmaker Sean Dunne’s award-winning documentary Oxyana, being screened Friday night ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone June 17, 2015

POP-UP ART SHOW The Lake George Arts Project’s annual event Art @ The Lake will open July 1 in Bolton Landing. The difference this year is that instead of holding various one-day events around Lake ...

Let the Fire Burn

by The Staff February 5, 2015


  It’s hard to believe that the government of a major American city could be implicated in burning down one of its own neighborhoods, but that’s exactly what happened in Philadelphia, in the 1980s. The Black ...

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Katha Pollitt

by The Staff January 29, 2015


  The New York State Writers Institute will begin its spring visiting writers series tonight (Thursday) with longtime Nation columnist and author Katha Pollitt. Descibed as “an influential voice of American feminism,” Pollitt will read from ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone November 20, 2014


  THE SWINGING SIXITES MEET AN ITALIAN MARXIST If it’s true, as screenwriter and wit William Goldman writes, that nobody in Hollywood knows anything, then they really didn’t know anything in the mid-1960s. Case in point: the ...

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Angela Pneuman, Amy Biancolli

by The Staff November 6, 2014


  The New York State Writers Institute is offering a full slate of visiting writers this week: Thursday, it’s an evening with poet Lemon Andersen at the University at Art Museum (7 PM); Sunday (Nov. 9) ...

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So You Like Writing Too?

by Stephen Leon May 1, 2014


  “I think the thing that they are most surprised about—and we’re talking about high school students here—the thing we hear most from the students is that they are excited to find a community of young ...

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E.L. Doctorow

by The Staff February 27, 2014


  Major American novelist E.L. Doctorow, author of Ragtime and several other National Book Award candidates, will be in town tomorrow (Thursday) to read from his latest novel, Andrew’s Brain, described as “one man’s reflections on ...

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David Treuer

by The Staff November 20, 2013


  The author of three published novels and a book of essays, Native American author David Treuer will read from his 2012 memoir, Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life tonight (Thursday) at the University ...

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Gilbert King

by The Staff September 26, 2013


  The Pulitzer Prize-winning Niskayuna native Gilbert King is back in the area to read from and discuss his award winning Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New ...

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Marie Howe, Sydney Lea

by The Staff September 12, 2013


  Here, poetry devotees, is not something you see every day. The New York State Writers Institute continues to roll out its visiting writer series with readings from a pair of top poets from adjoining states: ...

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Art Beat

by Shawn Stone August 22, 2013

  THIS JUST IN  The New York State Writers Institute at UAlbany has announced the schedule for their fall 2013 Visiting Writers Series. And so: Jonathan Lethem (Sept. 11, 8 PM, PAC Recital Hall), Marie Howe ...

Justice Served

by Molly Eadie April 11, 2013


  There is very little “Ken Burns effect” in his new documentary. His daughter, Sarah Burns, and her husband and co-producer, David McMahon, visited Page Hall at the University at Albany on Friday, April 5, where they ...

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Eugene Mirabelli and Ann Hood

by The Staff February 20, 2013

  The New York State Writers Institute continues a strong season of visiting writers with readings on Tuesday (Feb. 26) by Ann Hood, best-selling author of The Knitting Circle, and novelist, UAlbany emeritus professor and occasional ...

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George Saunders

by The Staff February 13, 2013


  George Saunders is a rare literary specimen: The author and winner of a 2006 MacArthur Foundation fellowship is a “writer’s writer” who has successfully crossed over to the bestseller lists with his latest short-story collection, ...

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by The Staff September 26, 2012


  From April to July 1994, approximately 800,000 people were murdered in the East African nation of Rwanda. It was a genocide that shocked the world, both for the ferocity and speed of the killings and ...

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Tom Perrotta

by The Staff November 22, 2011


Economic collapse and growing income inequality have contributed, according to many economists, to the decline of the middle class. Novelist Tom Perrotta, in tales like The Abstinence Teacher and his latest, The Leftovers, is one ...

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Linda Spalding and Marilynne Robinson

by The Staff July 6, 2011


You don’t have to wait until next month to go to Saratoga Springs, because the New York State Writers Institute has settled in at Skidmore College for its annual summer sojourn featuring an army of ...

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Ben Katchor at the AIHA

by John Rodat April 13, 2011


Cartoonist Ben Katchor’s newest book, The Cardboard Valise, begins with an episode in which a young man takes an inexpensive suitcase on a test run. He has packed the case with “a hundred pounds of ...