Nine Acclaimed Authors to Appear at @Macaulay Author Series Events This Spring

Novelists, historians, essayists and biographers read from
groundbreaking new work, discuss their craft and meet audiences.

(New York, NY – January 9, 2014)—Brilliant minds come together: the @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES announces a stellar lineup of exciting writers for its Spring 2014 season:

     February 5: Novelist Lara Vapnyar with Ben Greenman

     March 18: Travel writer Carl Hoffman with investigative arts reporter Patricia Cohen

     April 8:  Biographer Amanda Vaill with Joseph Kanon

     May 5: Novelists Mona Simpson and Michelle Huneven with Dan Jones

Readings take place at Macaulay Honors College, 35 W. 67th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Each @Macaulay Author Series event is free and open to all. Books will be available for purchase and authors will sign them at an informal reception following the each program.

Lara-Vapnyar-THUMBNAILFebruary 5:  The Spring season of the @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES kicks off with the acclaimed Russian-born novelist Lara Vapnyar reading from her daring, haunted and erotic new novel, The Scent of Pine. Vapnyar is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and short story writer (There Are Jews In My House). Ben Greenman, novelist, humorist and New Yorker editor of “Goings On About Town,” will sit down with Vapnyar in conversation.   

March 18:  With Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art, peripatetic journalist and author Carl Hoffman will reveal shocking true details about the disappearance of 23-year-old Michael C. Rockefeller, son of New York governor Nelson Rockefeller. Joining Hoffman for an interview following his reading will be New York Times investigative arts reporter Patricia Cohen.

April 8: The series welcomes journalist, screenwriter and best-selling biographer Amanda Vaill. Her new book, Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War, is a tangle of love stories involving everyone from Ernest Hemingway to Martha Gellhorn and Robert Capa. Joseph Kanon, best-selling author of post-World War II spy fiction, will talk with Vaill after her reading.

May 5: Novelists Mona Simpson and Michelle Huneven appear together to conclude the season. In Simpson’s latest novel, Casebook, two young snoopers must confront the intricacies and secrets of adult lives disintegrating around them. The esteemed Huneven’s latest, Off Course, is a story of seduction, obsession and Reagan-era economics. Dan Jones, editor of the “Modern Love” column in The New York Times and author of the forthcoming Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying will interview the two novelists.

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. The events foster lively audience exchanges and a literary atmosphere. The @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES is sponsored by Friends of Macaulay. For more information please visit

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