Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, will deliver the Spring 2011 Albert Gallatin Lecture, “Writing for Its Own Sake—How the Collapse of Print Publishing Will Shape the New World of Storytelling,” on Wednesday, February 9, 6:30 p.m. at New York University’s Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts (1 Washington Place [at Broadway]). Subways: N, R (8th St.); 6 (Astor Pl.).
The lecture, presented by NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at https://www.nyu.edu/gallatin/rsvp/. For more information, call 212.998.7367.
They tell us that the book is dead these days, as are newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. Everybody writes blogs, reads e-books, and listens to podcasts. If true, then we have to ask why study how to write better, more clearly, or with greater power? What are the wages of storytelling going to be in the post-print world?
Allison is an award-winning novelist and author of short stories, poetry, essays and performance pieces. Her novel Bastard Out of Carolina was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award and the winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing. Her subsequent novel, Cavedweller, was a New York Times bestseller and an American Library Association prizewinner. Both novels were later turned into films. Allison was born in Greenville, South Carolina, to a 15-year-old unwed mother. The first member of her family to graduate from high school, she attended Florida Presbyterian College on a National Merit Scholarship and studied anthropology at the New School for Social Research. In 2007, she was awarded the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, and she is a member of the board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her next novel, She Who, is forthcoming.
The Albert Gallatin Lectures bring a series of notable figures from the worlds of politics, the arts, business, and academia to New York University to discuss contemporary issues with students, faculty, and members of the wider community. Presented by the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the Albert Gallatin Lectures reflect the School’s academic philosophy, which is firmly rooted in the idea that knowledge and understanding grow through conversation and collaboration.