Elisa Albert, novelist and short story writer, and Yelena Akhtiorskaya, novelist
March 26 (Thursday)
Seminar — 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library
Reading — 8:00 p.m., Campus Center 375
Elisa Albert is the author of the new novel After Birth (2015), a piercingly candid and outrageously funny story of motherhood. Author Lydia Davis called it, “a fast-talking, opinionated, moody, funny, and slightly desperate account of the attempt to recover from having a baby.” Albert’s previous books include the novel, The Book of Dahlia (2008) and the short story collection, How This Night is Different (2006), winner of the Moment Magazine Emerging Writer Award for Short Fiction.
Yelena Akhtiorskaya is the author of a brilliant debut novel, Panic in a Suitcase (2014), the story of two decades in the life of a Ukrainian immigrant family in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Hailed by the critics as “ingenious” (NPR), “marvelous” (Library Journal) and “hilarious” (Publishers Weekly), Panic in a Suitcase was named a “Notable Book of 2014” by the New York Times and Washington Post.
More about Elisa Albert and Yelena Akhtiorskaya: http://www.albany.edu/writers-
Panel Discussion, Book Signing and
Reception with Barbara Smith
Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m.
Milne Hall, Room 200, Downtown Campus
135 Western Ave., Albany, NY
Rockefeller College, the New York State Writers Institute and SUNY Press present a panel discussion moderated by Susan Arbetter of the The Capitol Pressroom, featuring pioneering activist Barbara Smith, and Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks, editors of the new book Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith (2014). Immediately following the discussion, there will be a dessert reception and book signing with Barbara.
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