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Top Authors at Evening Readings Series
Contact: Maria Terrone
Director of Communications
(718) 997-5591
Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5590


The Queens College Evening Readings series, begun in 1976, has grown in popularity over the years, a success owed to Joseph Cuomo, founder of the Series, who consistently attracts the world’s foremost literary talent to the campus.

“I read an awful lot,” Cuomo explained, “and when a writer connects with me, and I see how important his or her books are, I then reach out. We’ve had most of the Nobel Laureates here, many of whom gave readings before they had even won the prize.”

The season opened November 12 with Romanian author Norman Manea, widely regarded as one of the greatest living writers in Eastern Europe, who read from his recent memoir, The Hooligan’s Return. Other writers scheduled this year include:

• Edna O’Brien, who penned A Fanatic Heart, The Country Girls Trilogy, Night, Wild Decembers and In the Forest, who will appear on Tuesday, November 25;

• Norman Rush, National Book Award winner of the collection of stories Whites, and author of novels Mating and Mortals, who will read on February 24;

• Doris Lessing, author of The Golden Notebook; The Children of Violence novels; The Good Terrorist; Love, Again; The Sweetest Dream; and The Grandmothers (forthcoming next spring), who will appear on Tuesday, March 16; and

• Mary Gordon and Jhumpa Lahiri, both of whom will read on Tuesday, March 30. Mary Gordon is the author of many works of fiction, including Final Payments, The Company of Women, Men and Angels, The Other Side, and The Rest of Life, as well as several works of nonfiction, including The Shadow Man and Seeing Through Places. Jhumpa Lahiri is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the collection of stories Interpreter of Maladies, and, most recently, the novel The Namesake.

Admission to the events, which are held at 7 pm in the LeFrak Concert Hall in the Music Building on campus, is $10, although discounts are available to Series subscribers. For more information, visit, or call (718) 997-4646. Queens College is located at the corner of the Long Island Expressway and Kissena Blvd. (Exit 24) in Flushing.


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