Macaulay Launches Writers Series

Macaulay Honors College at CUNY is launching a series of author appearances to be held in the school’s historic building near Lincoln Center in Manhattan. The monthly events will feature writers from the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, who will read from and discuss their new works.

First in the series will be the novelist Julie Otsuka, who will speak about her book, The Buddha in the Attic, which will be published by Knopf at the end of August. Otsuka’s first novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, was published to great acclaim in 2002 and earned her an Asian American Literary Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her new novel is about a group of women who are brought from Japan to San Francisco in the early 1900s as mail-order brides. Booklist calls the book “entrancing and heartbreakingly beautiful” and described it as “a lyrically distilled and caustically ironic story of exile, effort, and hate.”

The Otsuka event will be Monday, September 26th at 7:00 pm.

The second author in the series will be Paul Hendrickson, who will discuss his forthcoming book, Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life and Lost, 1934-1961, a look at Ernest Hemingway’s highs and lows and the life that revolved around his beloved boat, Pilar. Hendrickson is a distinguished writer and journalist whose previous book, Sons of Mississippi, won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The Hendrickson event will be Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm.

University Dean Ann Kirschner said, “Macaulay is already home to many of New York’s top faculty and students and now we are becoming a cultural destination worthy of our distinguished Lincoln Center neighborhood. This is our tenth anniversary year, and a great moment to expand the calendar of exciting events in our landmark building. We are delighted to be hosting these distinguished authors in partnership with Knopf Doubleday.”

Pat Johnson, Executive Vice President and Publishing Director at Knopf, said of the series, “this is an excellent way to bring some of our best writers to an eager and appreciative audience. It’s good for the community and good for our authors, and a wonderful way for both the school and our publishing programs to contribute to the cultural vitality of this part of New York.”

The series is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made online by visiting, by calling 212-729-2910, or emailing Macaulay is located at 35 West 67th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

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About Macaulay Honors College

The Class of 2014 is the tenth Macaulay Honors College class, and their admission marked the beginning of the college’s tenth anniversary celebrations. Founded in 2001 by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Macaulay Honors College has already become one of the nation’s leading honors colleges, offering an exceptional academic and co-curricular environment for future leaders of New York City—and beyond. Macaulay students enroll in one of seven CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens, or Staten Island). Through the unique Macaulay advising program, each student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes research, global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, and close faculty-student collaboration. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students are awarded a full-tuition merit scholarship, giving them the freedom to pursue their academic goals without financial burdens. Macaulay further enriches students’ academic experience by providing a laptop and technology support, a $7,500 study grant to pursue global learning and service opportunities, and a Cultural Passport that provides access to more than 200 museums, libraries and other treasures around New York City. For more information about Macaulay Honors College, see


Rich Dikeman, Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, 212/729-2928

Nicholas Latimer, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 212/572-2106