Jennifer Egan, Stephen Adly Guirgis and others set to visit Writers Institute

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jennifer Egan answers a question from the audience following her presentation Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson, Miss. (The Associated Press)
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Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jennifer Egan answers a question from the audience following her presentation Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson, Miss. (The Associated Press)

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Over the next few months, a mix of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, novelists, environmental writers and others will visit the University at Albany as part of a packed schedule of programming organized by the NYS Writers Institute.

It kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 19 with a celebration of the Institute’s 40th anniversary at the University at Albany Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. It will also mark founder and Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy’s birthday. It starts at 6:30 p.m.

“We are excited to mark this milestone of William Kennedy’s vision in 1983 that has grown into one of the nation’s pre-eminent literary presenting organizations, offering some of the most distinctive, diverse and dynamic programs in our rich history,” said Director Paul Grondahl.

Another festival highlight is the Albany Film Festival set for Saturday, April 1 at the UAlbany Campus Center.

All events are set to take place on UAlbany’s uptown and downtown campuses and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 19

A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the New York State Writers Institute

6:30 p.m. — Ceremony, Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Thursday, Jan. 26

Blockchain, Bitcoin and 21st Century Crime, featuring journalist Andy Greenberg, author of “Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency.”

4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Standish Room, Science Library

7:30 p.m. — Conversation / Q&A, Campus Center West Auditorium

Tuesday, Jan. 31

From Shaker High School to the New York Times Bestseller List: Raven Leilani

4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

7:30 p.m. — Reading / Q&A, Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center 

Wednesday, Feb. 1

The Art of the “True Crime” podcast with Gilbert King, a Niskayuna native and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and creator of “Bone Valley.”

4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Standish Room, Science Library (3rd floor)

7:30 p.m. — Conversation / Q&A, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

Friday, Feb. 3

Film screening: “The Ice Storm”

Screening — 7 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Tuesday, Feb. 7

On Becoming a Caregiver to an Unpleasant Parent with Lynne Tillman, UAlbany English professor/writer-in-residence and author of “Mothercare: On Obligation, Love, Death, and Ambivalence.”

4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Campus Center West Boardroom (1st Floor)

Friday, Feb. 10

Film screening: “Daughters of the Dust”

Screening — 7 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Thursday, Feb. 16

The Baby Boomers – The Worst Generation? Discussion with Helen Andrews and Jill Filipovic, two journalists of the millennial generation who represent widely divergent political perspectives.

4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

7:30 p.m. — Conversation / Q&A, Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Friday, Feb. 17

Film screening: “Indignation”

Screening — 7 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Tuesday, Feb. 21

2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with Terri Givens, author of “Radical Empathy.”

Celebration with student speakers and performers — 7 p.m., Campus Center Ballroom

Note: While this event is free, registration will be required. Visit www.albany.edu/odi for more info and to register.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Living to Read, Reading to Live with fiction writer and essayist Peter Orner

4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

Thursday, Mar. 2

Feminism for the 21st Century with author Jessica Valenti

4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

7:30 p.m. — Conversation / Q&A, Campus Center West Auditorium

Friday, Mar. 3

Film screening: “Last Exit to Brooklyn”

Screening — 7 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Tuesday, Mar. 7

On Beauty, Aging, Love, Loss, Grief and Joy with Paulina Porizkova, author of “No Filter: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful.”

7:30 p.m. — Conversation / Q&A Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Thursday, Mar. 9

Hernan Diaz, former UAlbany faculty member and author of “Trust” in conversation with Paul Stasi

4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Standish Room, Science Library (3rd Floor)

7:30 p.m. — Conversation / Q&A, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

Wednesday, Mar. 15

Irish Heritage Celebration with poet Paul Muldoon

7 p.m. — Conversation/Q&A, Irish American Heritage Museum, 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207

Wednesday, Mar. 22

The Middle Grade Books “We’ve been waiting for” with David Barclay Moore

6 p.m. — Conversation / Q&A, Main Branch, Albany Public Library, Large Auditorium, 161 Washington Ave, Albany

Registration required: https://davidbarclaymoore.eventbrite.com

Thursday, Mar. 23

Radiant, Dazzling and Electrifying Fiction with Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Visit from the Goon Squad” and “The Candy House.”

4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

7:30 p.m. — Conversation / Q&A, Campus Center West Auditorium

Tuesday, Mar. 28

Pranayama with playwright James Anthony Tyler

Staged reading of Pranayama followed by Q&A with playwright James Anthony Tyler, director, and cast.

7:30 p.m. — Staged Reading, Arena Theatre, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Living Unfiltered and Unafraid with Rachel Luna, author, entrepreneur, and Journaling Mentor-in-Residence

Wednesday, Mar. 29

6 p.m. — Journaling Workshop, Albany Public Library, Large Auditorium, 161 Washington Ave, Albany. Registration required: rachelluna.eventbrite.com

Thursday, Mar. 30

4:30 p.m. — Book talk about Permission to Offend, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

Saturday, April 1

3rd Annual Albany Film Festival. Visit www.albanyfilmfestival.org for more details.

Thursday, Apr. 6

From UAlbany to the Literary Stratosphere: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of “Chain-Gang All-Stars.”

4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

7:30 p.m. — Reading / Q&A, Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Monday, Apr. 10

A Landmark History of “Act Up” and the AIDS Crisis with Sarah Schulman, AIDS historian, novelist and activist

7:30 p.m. — Film Screening / Q&A with Sarah Schulman, Campus Center West Boardroom (1st Floor)

Tuesday, Apr. 11

The Journey of Making a Book. UAlbany Faculty Author Showcase: Sarah Giragosian and David Goldsmith

4:30 p.m. — Craft talk and conversation, Campus Center West Boardroom (1st Floor)

Wednesday, Apr. 12

RPI’s Annual McKinney Awards with Gish Jen

Reading and McKinney Writing Contest Awards — 7 p.m., EMPAC Building, Rensselaer (RPI), 110 8th Street, Troy

Thursday, Apr. 13

Black Hair: A Story of Art, Beauty, Culture, History, and Pride

4:30 p.m. — Book Talk with Lyzette Wanzer, author of Trauma, Tresses, and Truth, Campus Center West Boardroom (1st Floor)

7:30 p.m. — Celebration with Lyzette Wanzer and student performers, hosted by UAlbany music professor, ethnomusicologist, singer-songwriter, author, and activist Kyra Gaunt, Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Monday, Apr. 17

Burian Lecture on Life in the Performing Arts featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis

7:30 p.m. — The 26th Annual Burian Lecture, Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, Apr. 18

America – What the Hell Happened? Featuring Bill McKibben, leading environmental activist and author

7:30 p.m. — Conversation / Q&A, Campus Center West Auditorium

Wednesday, Apr. 19

The Historical Significance of “Black Lives Matter” with historian Peniel Joseph, author of “The Third Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century”

7 p.m. — Conversation / Q&A, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St., Troy, NY 12180

Tuesday, Apr. 25

A Multigenerational Saga about the Tenacity of Women with Elizabeth Graver, author of “Kantika.”

4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

7:30 p.m. — Reading/Q&A, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

Saturday, Apr. 29

Selected Shorts

7:30 p.m. — Performance, Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center

Advance tickets: $15 general public • $10 students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.
Day of show tickets: $20 general public • $15 students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.

Sunday, Apr. 30 *Rain Date Monday, May 1

Second Annual Indigo Day featuring Magical Indigo: An indigo-dyeing workshop
1 p.m. — Workshop, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

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