Hamilton & Packer Open Fall Writers Speak Wednesdays

Ann Packer
Ann Packer
Ann Packer

Award-winning and critically acclaimed novelists Jane Hamilton and Ann Packer will be the first guests in the fall Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Ms. Hamilton and Ms. Packer will speak on Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall.

Ms. Hamilton, the internationally best-selling, award-winning author is best known for “The Book of Ruth” and “A Map of The World.” Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, Elle, and various anthologies. Her seventh novel, “The Excellent Lombards,” will be published in May 2016.

Ms. Packer’s most recent success is “The Children’s Crusade.” Her award-winning novels, “The Dive from Clausen’s Pier” (winner of the Kate Chopin Literary Award) and “Song Without Words,” and two short story collections, “Swim Back to Me” and “Mendocino and Other Stories,” have been applauded by literary critics and readers alike.

Jane Hamilton
Jane Hamilton

Other writers scheduled for the series include: David Lynn in conversation with Roger Rosenblatt on October 14; Bob Holman on October 21; Arlene Alda on November 18; and Willie Perdomo on December 2.

The Writers Speak program on Wednesday, October 14, will be preceded by an Open House at 5:30 p.m. for prospective MFA in Creative Writing and Literature candidates.

Other topics at the Open House will include combining course work in Manhattan and Southampton and, for those interested in writing kids’ books, the one-year Children’s Lit Fellows program.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. The evenings begin with a brief reception at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing. All programs are held in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton. For more information, call (631) 632-5030 or visit www.stonybrook.edu/mfa.