Distinguished Speaker Series to host acclaimed writer Amy Waldman, featuring debut novel The Submission
NEW PALTZ - The State University of New York at New Paltz’s Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Amy Waldman to speak about her first novel, The Submission, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Lecture Center 100. A book signing and reception will follow the event.
The Submission, Amy Waldman’s debut novel, imagines a post-9/11 competition for the design of a memorial at ground zero where the winner, selected by a blind jury, turns out to be an American-born Muslim. Reactions from the jury, the public, and the victims’ families are complex and emotional. It was selected as The New York Times Notable Book for 2011 and named finalist for the Hemingway/Foundation/PEN First Fiction Award.
Waldman is a former reporter for The New York Times and a former national correspondent for the Atlantic. Her fiction has been published in the Atlantic, the Boston Review and the Financial Times, and anthologized in The Best American Non-Required Reading 2010. She graduated from Yale University and has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and at the American Academy in Berlin.
Tickets for the Distinguished Speaker Series may be purchased at www.newpaltz.edu/speakerseries/ or at the SUNY New Paltz campus Parker Theatre Box Office Oct. 1 -19, Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Will Call and Box Office are open at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Lecture Center Lobby. New Paltz faculty/staff/alumni and students without New Paltz ID: $13.00; General Public: $18.00. SUNY New Paltz students are free with ID (limited tickets available). For further information, please call 845-257-3880 or 845-257-3972.
One Book/ One New Paltz has chosen The Submission as the 2012 community read. A series of events and conversations based on Waldman’s novel are scheduled throughout November.
New Paltz's Distinguished Speaker Series is supported by the generosity of our presenting sponsors: Campus Auxiliary Services and Sodexo.
Founded in 2008, New Paltz' Distinguished Speaker Series aims to connect community members, alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students and their families with accomplished authors, policy makers and leaders, scientists, media experts, business people and other luminaries. The Series hosts speakers twice every academic year.
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