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Manhattan Writers Speak with Zack McDermott: Monday, October 2nd at 7pmZack McDermott will be reading from his debut memoir, Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love, out this month from Little Brown. His reading will be followed by a Q+A with students and a reception. See below for a description of Zack's book, which is getting wonderful reviews!:
"Zack McDermott, a 26-year-old Brooklyn public defender, woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed, Truman Show-style, as part of an audition for a TV pilot. This was it - his big dreams were finally coming true. Every passerby was an actor; every car would magically stop for him; everything he saw was a cue from "The Producer" to help inspire the performance of a lifetime. After a manic spree around Manhattan, Zack, who is bipolar, was arrested on a subway platform and admitted to Bellevue Hospital. So begins the story of Zack's freefall into psychosis and his desperate, poignant, often darkly funny struggle to claw his way back to sanity, regain his identity, and rebuild some semblance of a stable life."
Salon with Cornelius Eady: Monday, October 16th at 7pm
Cornelius Eady, Stony Brook Southampton's new poet, will be at the Manhattan campus to speak with students about his work, his writing process, and his musical influences. Refreshments will be served!
Cornelius is the author of eight books of poetry, including Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (Putnam, April 2008). His second book, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, won the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1985; in 2001 Brutal Imagination was a finalist for the National Book Award. His work in theater includes the libretto for an opera, “Running Man,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999. His play, “Brutal Imagination,” won Newsday’s Oppenheimer award in 2002. Eady co-founded Cave Canem, a nonprofit that works to remedy the under-representation of African American poets in the literary landscape.