THE @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES SPOTLIGHTS JOHN FREEMAN AND HIS NEW BOOK “HOW TO READ A NOVELIST” FOLLOWED BY A CONVERSATION WITH EDMUND WHITE

December 3, 2013 | Macaulay Honors College

author_book_photo_freeman_2Award-winning writer, book critic and former editor of Granta, John Freeman reads from his dazzling new book, How to Read a Novelist, a wide-ranging compilation of writers on writing, and is joined in conversation by renowned novelist Edmund White on Wednesday, December 4, 7 PM at Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street Manhattan.

(NEW YORK, NY – December 3, 2013) The @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES is pleased to present John Freeman as he reads from “How to Read a Novelist”, his collection of interviews with and reflections on prominent writers. Culled from his contributions to more than 200 publications worldwide, they show his probing, thoughtful and empathetic scrutiny of such authors as Toni Morrison, Jonathan Safran Foer, E.L. Doctorow, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Haruki Murakami and A.S. Byatt, and more. Through encounters with some of the most gifted writers of our time, he explores with them their craft and their calling, their work habits and the little eccentricities of their lives, and triumphantly verifies that the art of the novel and the role of the novelist could not be more vital to our culture, commitments and self-knowledge. Notable among the writers in his book is leading novelist, essayist and pioneer of gay literature Edmund White, who will pick up on Freeman’s reading as they discuss the implications of Freeman’s book and its meaning for novelists and readers everywhere.

“Freeman writes about that complicated space between criticism and literary biography where all readers really live.” – New York

“Freeman’s conversations and observations uncover these authors’ obsessions, quirks, and nuances of character as if they’re characters themselves. – The Millions

THE @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES is sponsored by Friends of Macaulay. For more information: http://macaulay.cuny.edu/community/author-series/. To RSVP visit:http://macaulay.cuny.edu/rsvp

The @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES offers unique previews of new work by the season’s best writers of fiction and nonfiction, each paired in conversation with equally distinguished interviewers. Taking place at the Macaulay Honors College building, the events foster lively audience exchanges and a literary atmosphere in a neighborhood of book lovers and book consumers.
About Macaulay Honors College Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and New York City itself. Selected for their top high-school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full-tuition scholarship to pursue global learning and service opportunities while also enrolled in one of eight CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). For more information, visit macaulay.cuny.edu.

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and New York City itself. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, and a $7,500 Opportunities Fund to pursue global learning and service opportunities. A Cultural Passport provides access to museums, libraries, and other treasures around New York City. Macaulay students enroll in one of eight CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). For more information, see macaulay.cuny.edu.

Contact: Grace Rapkin
(212) 729-2913
grace.rapkin@mhc.cuny.edu

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