THE NEW SCHOOL PUBLIC PROGRAMS: WRITING AND LITERATURE

Winter-Spring 2013
Readings and Panels with Junot Diaz, Daniel Mendelsohn, Ruth Franklin, Robert Polito and More

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Daniel Mendelsohn, author of Waiting for the Barbarians, will speak at The New School on February 4.

NEW YORK, New York, January 29, 2013— For nearly a century The New School has presented New York City’s most vibrant and diverse public readings, panels, and lectures on writing and literature. The university today announced its winter and spring 2013 literary public programs.

EDITOR'S NOTE: CLICK HERE FOR A FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS.

As one of the nation's foremost sites for literary programming, Creative Writing at The New School will host two major awards ceremonies this semester. The National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists Reading (February 27) and Awards Ceremony (February 28) will celebrate nominated authors including Zadie Smith and Ben Fountain. At The Story Prize ceremony (March 13), Dan Chaon, Junot Diaz and Claire Vaye Watkins will read from and discuss their nominated work with Larry Dark, the director of the award. The event will culminate in the announcement of the winner.

Other winter-spring highlights include A Night of Poetry with the Pan African Literary Forum on January 30, featuring authors Sherwin Bitsui, Tonya Foster, Nathalie Handal, Tyehimba Jess, David Mills, and Cynthia Dewi Oka. On February 4, associate editor for Harper’s Magazine Christopher Beha will moderate a panel of writing and media critics including Ruth Franklin, Daniel Mendelsohn, Troy Patterson, and Jacob Silverman on the role of critics in the industry during the event Should Critics be Harsh?

Several events will address the topic of women in literature. Women Writers of the Diaspora, a symposium series that celebrates the literature written by women across the African diaspora. On February 28, the series features author Ifeona Fulani and continues with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (April 4) and JP Howard (May 2). A More Perfect History: A Symposium Celebrating International Women's Day (March 8) will be presented by The New School for Public Engagement and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. And the two-day conference The Feminine Mystique at 50 (February 22-23) will mark the anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking book with panels including Feministing.com’s Samhita Mukhopadhyay and author Laura Shapiro.

Creative Writing at The New School will continue to present its ongoing Writers Forum series. The Writing for Children Forums will feature Gordan Korman (February 5) and Maryrose Wood (March 5). The April 1 Fiction Forum will bring to campus Sohrab Homi Francis (Ticket to Minto: Stories of India and America) and M.G. Vassanji (The Magic of Saida). Sean Howe, author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story will read at the first of three Nonfiction Forums moderated by Creative Writing at The New School director Robert Polito. Tom Lutz, author of Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers will read on February 26, and Lowell Handler, author of Crazy and Proud, on March 4.

EDITOR'S NOTE: CLICK HERE FOR A FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS.

About The New School
Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Through its online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence. Learn more at www.newschool.edu.

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