The New York University Bookstore will host events in September featuring author and journalist Pete Hamill, Heather Hendershot, who penned What’s Fair on the Air? Cold War Right-Wing Broadcasting, Fundamentalism, and the Public Interest, and a free writing course by comic novelist Marc Acito at the bookstore’s 726 Broadway location (between Astor Place and Washington Place). All events are free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.4667 or go to www.bookstores.nyu.edu. Subways: N, R (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).
September 23, 5-6:30 p.m.
Reading, Heather Hendershot
Heather Hendershot, a professor of media studies at Queens College, will read from her recently released What's Fair on the Air? Cold War Right-Wing Broadcasting, Fundamentalism, and the Public Interest, with a response by Jeff Sharlet, an assistant professor of English at Dartmouth College and author of Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between.
Half a century before the rise of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, Americans could turn on their radios any time of the day and listen to diatribes against communism, civil rights, the United Nations, fluoridation, the federal income tax, Social Security, or JFK. These broadcasters created an alternate universe of right-wing political coverage, anti-communist sermons, and pro-business messages. The event is part of the Revealer Reading Series, sponsored by NYU's Center for Religion and Media and the NYU Bookstore, which features new books that address religion in public life, as examined through various lenses, including cold-war era radio, contemporary megachurches, and adolescence. The Revealer is a publication of NYU’s Center for Religion and Media.
September 24, 4-5 p.m.
“Journalism and Fiction,” a Talk by Pete Hamill
Pete Hamill is an American journalist, novelist, essayist, editor, and educator. He is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Across five decades, Hamill has received numerous awards and honors, such as the A.J. Liebling Lifetime Achievement Award, Boxing Writers of America (2011), and the Louis Auchincloss Prize, Museum of the City of New York (2010). His most recent book is Tabloid City: A Novel (May, 2011).
September 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
SCPS Writing Workshop: Marc Acito on “Introducing Story Structure”
The Department of Humanities, Arts, and Writing at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) invites all new and experienced writers to another series of free creative writing classes at the NYU Bookstore. Master teachers from the Writing Program at SCPS lecture on a range of writing skills, followed by writing exercises and time for discussion. The September 26 session will be led by Marc Acito, author of the comic novels How I Paid for College (winner, Ken Kesey Award for Fiction; Editors’ Choice, The New York Times) and its sequel, Attack of the Theater People. With Jeffrey Stock (composer of the Tony-nominated musical Triumph of Love), Acito is the co-adapter of E. M. Forster’s A Room with a View, which will receive its world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012. He is also a regular contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered”. At SCPS, Acito teaches “Story Structure for Every Genre” and “Beginning Novel Writing Online.”