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Roger Kahn closes out National Library Week

Author Roger Kahn, who is often described as the best sportswriter in America, will talk about the major influences on his writing and life in a free public lecture at New Paltz this afternoon, April 26, as the culmination of the Sojourner Truth Library's celebration of National Library Week.

photo of Roger Kahn

Roger Kahn       Photo by John Mattis

His talk will begin at 5 p.m. in Lecture Center Room 102.

Kahn is best known for his 1972 book, "The Boys of Summer," which is in its 65th printing and has sold nearly 3 million copies. He is also the author of 18 other books and hundreds of magazine articles. Kahn is currently the college's fourth James H. Ottaway Professor of Journalism.

Kahn's talk, titled "Into My Own: Some People and Events that Shaped a Life," will recount his path from young sports writer for the New York Herald Tribune through his days as a magazine editor and writer at Time, Newsweek and the Saturday Evening Post, to his more recent work as a best-selling author.

National Library Week began last Monday, April 19, with the "Seuss-A-Thon," a marathon reading session of Dr. Seuss's books.

President Steven Poskanzer, who was the first reader at the event, said, "It is such a good thing. It is such a good day. We can honor the great Dr. Seuss in this way. He wrote wonderful books. He brought laughter and joy to the hearts of his readers - each girl and each boy," Other National Library week events included a lecture by James Ransome, an accomplished children's illustrator, and a talk given by a panel of accomplished authors, titled "Want to be a Published Author?"

For more information about future STL Library events, visit the library Web site at

The Sojourner Truth Library is open Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.; on Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.; on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; and on Sunday from 1 - 11:30 p.m.

APRIL 26, 2004
Volume 2, Issue 8

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