Recipients of the 2018 Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing for excellence in publication will read from their works:
Catherine Chung MFA ‘06 Writer
Ezra Dan Feldman MFA ’08, PhD ‘17 Poet
Sara Eliza Johnson BA ‘06 Poet
Sarah Scoles MFA ‘10 Nonfiction Writer
Catherine Chung was born in Evanston, IL and studied mathematics at the University of Chicago before receiving her MFA from Cornell. She is the author of Forgotten Country, and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award, a Granta New Voice, and a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. Her new novel, The Tenth Muse, is forthcoming from Ecco in 2019. Ezra Dan Feldman is the author of Habitat of Stones, which won the Patricia Bibby First Book Award. He has published in RHINO, Crazyhorse, DIAGRAM, The Los Angeles Review, Gertrude, and other journals.
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist & cultural critic Viet Thanh Nguyen will read from his work as the final part of the Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series, presented by the Cornell University English Department’s Creative Writing program. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His current book is the bestselling short story collection, The Refugees. Most recently he has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. He is a University Professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California.
Novelist Alice McDermott will read from her work as the second part of the Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series, presented by the Cornell University English Department’s Creative Writing program. Alice McDermott’s eighth novel, The Ninth Hour, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. Her seventh novel, Someone, was a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Three of her previous novels—After This, At Weddings and Wakes, and That Night—were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Charming Billy won the National Book Award for fiction in 1998.
Join WSKG at the Sherburne Public Library on Thursday, August 23, 2018 for a special screening of The Great American read. Vote on-site for your favorite book, enjoy the library’s collections, and help yourself to refreshments. The library is located at 2 East State Street Sherburne, NY, and the event beings at 6:00pm. https://youtu.be/MRCF_qIPvnM
‘Fresh Air’ book critic Maureen Corrigan will be speaking at the 2018 Women’s Fund Breakfast hosted by the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York. She joins us by phone to tell how she became book critic for ‘Fresh Air’, how many books land on her front porch every week, and what it is like to discover a great book by a previously unknown author.
FREE Webinar for Teachers & Librarians, Grades 6-12
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7pm EST
Loved by generations worldwide, LITTLE WOMEN is a universal coming-of-age story. In this webinar for educators, we use the new MASTERPIECE adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN and partner with the Great Books Foundation to explore why the classic novel’s themes still resonate with audiences 150 years after its publication. This webinar will support English teachers and librarians grades 6-12 and offers:
A tour of the media-based resources on PBS LearningMedia, featuring key scenes from the MASTERPIECE broadcast
A discussion of Great Books Foundation’s shared inquiry technique to help students think critically about the novel and reflect on its relevance today
Q&A with resource developers
A Certificate of Participation will be sent to all who attend the live stream. A recording link will be available. Registration is limited so please sign up today.
A new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel tells the story of Anne Shirley, a precocious orphan placed in the care of uptight Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew, played by acclaimed actor Martin Sheen. Neither the adventurous Anne nor the conservative Marilla could anticipate the profound effect theyd have on each others lives. https://youtu.be/6lDjwwNi6pw
When Anne Shirley turns 13, she faces complex issues with her friends, inspirational adults and Marilla and Matthew. At the same time, she begins a friendship with Gilbert Blythe that emotionally escalates to disrupt the status quo of her peaceful world. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to become sensible, and her journey toward this goal is fraught with confusion and more than a few unfortunate – albeit, amusing – mishaps.
The Spring Writes Literary Festival takes place April 28-May 1 at locations throughout Ithaca. More than 90 writers will present panels, workshops, readings, and more. The event is free and open to the public. Highlights from the weekend include:
Reading and Workshop on Speculative Fiction, Poetry Open Mic, Literary Jeopardy
Beyond the Bechtel Test, Workshop: Comedy Writing, Reading: Jewish Noir
Discussion on Genre Publishing, Discussion on Developing Characters, Reading by Razi Rumi
Click here for the full schedule and festival details.