A.R. Gurney, an American playwright whose 1990 work “Love Letters” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, will be part of the New York State Writers Institute’s spring Visiting Writers Series.
Gurney will be the featured speaker for the 13th annual Burian Lecture at 8 p.m. April 13 at the University at Albany’s Performing Arts Center, and will also read from and provide commentary on his work two days later, April 15 at 4:15 p.m., at the same venue.
Gurney has been writing for the stage since the 1950s, and his newest play, “A Light Lunch,” is a political satire about the presidency of George W. Bush.
Kicking off the Writers Series spring schedule on Jan. 27 will be fiction writer Jayne Anne Phillips, author of “Lark and Termite,” a novel about members of a West Virginia family struggling to survive during the 1950s.
Among the other top names scheduled for a seminar and reading is historian and author Annette Gordon-Reed, whose “The Hemingses of Monticello” was winner of the 2008 National Book Award. A professor of history at Rutgers University and professor of Law at New York Law School, Gordon-Reed also wrote “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy,” and will speak on Feb. 24 at 4:15 and 8 p.m.
Peter Carey, one of Australia’s top fiction writers and winner of several major awards such as the Booker Prize (twice), will visit on April 7 as part of RPI’s 68th McKinney Writing Contest and Reading. That appearance will be on the RPI campus. His 12 novels include “The True History of the Kelly Gang” (2002) and “Oscar and Lucinda” (1988).
On April 28, the Writers Institute will host PEN World Voices: Festival of International Literature. This year’s theme will focus on evolution and revolution, and will explore the issue of global change.
The New York State Writers Institute has also announced its spring Classic Film Series, which will begin with a double screening of two films by Edgar G. Ulmer on Jan. 20 at Page Hall at 135 Western Ave.
The series, which will also include works by Jean Renoir, runs through May 1.
For more information contact the New York State Writers Institute at 442-5620 or visit www.albany-edu/writers-inst.
Here is the schedule:
Jan. 27 — Fiction writer Jayne Anne Phillips: Seminar, 4:15 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center; reading, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center.
Feb. 2 — Fiction writer Sue Miller: Seminar, 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library; reading, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center.
Feb. 5 — Poet and novelist Bernardine Evaristo: Seminar, 4:15 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center; reading, 8 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center.
Feb. 11 — Irish fiction and nonfiction writer Frank Delaney: Reading, 5:30 p.m., New York State Museum. Carole Huxley Auditorium, Albany.
Feb. 24 — Historian and author Annette Gordon-Reed: Seminar, 4:15 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center; reading, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center.
Feb. 26 — Historian and science writer John Kelly: Seminar, 4:15 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center; reading/talk, 8 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center.
March 10 — Poet Rodrigo Toscano: Seminar, 4:15 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center; reading/performance, 8 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center.
March 12 — Fiction writers Stacey D’Erasmo and Ira Sher: Seminar, 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library; reading, 8 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center.
March 16 — Israeli fiction writer Etgar Keret: Seminar and reading, 4 p.m., Campus Center 375.
March 26 — Critic and scholar Elaine Showalter: Seminar, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 375; reading, 8 p.m., Campus Center 375.
March 31 — Algerian poet Habib Tengour: Reading, 4:15 p.m., Science Library 340.
April 2 — American Place Theatre Performance of “The Secret Life of Bees.” Live performance by Denise Wilbanks, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for general public, $12 for seniors and faculty/staff, and $10 for students.
April 7 — Novelist Peter Carey: Seminar, 4 p.m., Heffner Alumni House, 1301 Peoples Ave., at RPI, Troy. Reading and McKinney Award Ceremony, 8 p.m., Darrin Communication Center 308, (RPI), Troy.
April 15 — Playwright A.R. Gurney: Play scene readings and commentary, 4:15 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center; 13th annual Burian Lecture, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center.
April 28 — PEN World Voices: Festival of International Literature. Writers in Conversation, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center.
April 30 — Poet Anne Waldman: Seminar, 4:15 p.m., Assembly Hall, Campus Center; reading, 7:30 p.m.. Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center.
All screenings at 7:30 p.m. at Page Hall, downtown campus, except where noted.
Jan. 30 — Edgar G. Ulmer Double Feature film screening: “Detour,” U.S., 1945, 67 minutes, b/w; and “Bluebeard,” U.S., 1944, 70 minutes, b/w.
Feb. 6 — The Early Films of Jean Renoir: “La Chienne” (The Bitch), France, 1931, 91 minutes, b/w.
Feb. 13 — “Love Me Tonight,” U.S., 1932, 89 minutes, b/w, directed by
Feb. 27 — “The Proud Valley,” United Kingdom, 1940, 76 minutes, b/w, directed by Pen Tennyson.
March 6 — The Early Films of Jean Renoir: “Boudu Sauve Des Eaux” (Boudu Saved From Drowning), France, 1932, 85 minutes, b/w.
March 13 — “Wristcutters: A Love Story,” U.S. and United Kingdom, 2006, 88 minutes, color, directed by Goran Dukic.
March 20 — “Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo” (The Gospel According to St. Matthew), Italy, 1964, 137 minutes, b/w, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini.
March 27 — “Malu Tianshi” (Street Angel), China, 1937, 87 minutes, b/w, directed by Mu-jil Yuan.
April 3 — “Love Letters,” U.S., 1999, 100 minutes, color, directed by Stanley Donen.
April 17 — “Sedmikrasky” (Daisies), Czechoslovakia, 1966, 74 minutes, color, directed by Vera Chytilova.
April 22, 23 and 24 — Alex Gibney Film Festival. April 22: “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” U.S., 2005, 110 minutes, color. April 23: “Taxi to the Dark Side,” U.S., 2007, 106 minutes. April 24 (7 p.m.): “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” U.S., 2008, 120 minutes, color.
May 1 — The Early Films of Jean Renoir: “NANA,” France, 1926, 150 minutes, b/w.