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Norman Manea Launches Evening Reading Series
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-- Award-winning Writer Survived Nazis and Ceausescu’s Romania--

NEW YORK, October 24, 2003 -- Widely regarded as one of the greatest living writers in Eastern Europe, Romanian author Norman Manea will launch the 2003-2004 season of Queens College’s celebrated Evening Readings series on Wednesday, November 12 at 7 pm. He will read from his recent memoir, The Hooligan’s Return, a haunting chronicle of his survival of the Nazi camps and Ceausescu’s Romania and subsequent visit back to his native country. During the event, the author will also be interviewed by broadcaster Leonard Lopate, whose popular show airs throughout the week on public radio station WNYC.

Manea is the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award, and his prior works of fiction have garnered worldwide acclaim, including several that have been translated into English: October, Eight O’Clock; Compulsory Happiness; and The Black Envelope, as well as a collection of essays, On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist, and The Holligan’s Return memoir.

“I think a lot of authors regard him as one of the great writers of Eastern Europe, and he’s certainly a candidate for the Nobel Prize,” said Joseph Cuomo, founder of Queens College’s Evening Reading Series. “He’s received wonderful reviews.”

Admission to the event, which will be held in the LeFrak Concert Hall within the Music Building on campus, is $10, although discounts are available to Series subscribers. Subscribers will also be given a free copy of Manea’s memoir. 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.

The Evening Readings series, initiated in 1976, has grown in popularity over the years, a success owed wholly to Cuomo, 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.”

As in the past, this year’s season boasts an impressive slate of writers, including:

• 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.

Leonard Lopate is scheduled to interview four of the authors during the Evening Readings series: Norman Manea (Wednesday, November 12), Edna O’Brien (Tuesday, November 25), Norman Rush (Tuesday, February 24), and Doris Lessing (Tuesday, March 16).

Mr. Lopate is the host of The Leonard Lopate Show, which is heard weekdays, from 12noon to 2:00pm, on public radio station WNYC, 820AM and 93.9FM. He is also the host of Survival Kit, which is heard Sundays at 1:00pm, also on WNYC, 820AM.


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