Novelist Roger Rosenblatt, Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook Southampton, will read from his latest writing, The Book of Love: Improvisations on That Crazy Little Thing, Wednesday, February 18, 1 pm to 2:20 pm in Humanities 1003.
Rosenblatt’s essays for Time magazine have won two George Polk awards, among others. His television essays for the NewsHour on PBS have won the Peabody and the Emmy. He is the author of six off-Broadway plays and 15 books, published in 13 languages. They include New York Times bestsellers Kayak Morning, Unless It Moves the Human Heart, and Making Toast, a memoir of his family, which initially appeared as an essay in The New Yorker. Other books are the novels Beet and Lapham Rising, another bestseller, as were Rules for Aging and Children of War, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy book prize. His one-man show, Free Speech in America, was cited by the Times as one of the 10 best plays of 1991. In 2008, he was appointed Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook.
A Q&A session and book signing will follow the reading; books will be available for purchase. This event is open to the public and is co-hosted by the Department of English and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.
“While plenty of writers have tried their hand at capturing the improvisational brilliance of jazz, with varying degrees of success, Rosenblatt’s wanderings with the subject of love are like Coltrane at the Village Vanguard. When you hear it, you know.” —Kirkus Reviews