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CANCELLED: Another Look Book Club: William Kennedy’s “Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game”
April 7, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Bechtel Conference Center - Map Link
This event has been CANCELLED for April 7, due to concerns about COVID-19 . Please go to anotherlook.stanford.edu for further updates as events unfold.
Please join us for the “Another Look” book club discussion of William Kennedy’s Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game, the Pulitzer prizewinning novelist’s 1978 novel about a pool hustler and poker player during the 1930s.
Kennedy has been called the Bard of Albany, but he began his career as a reporter. After a stint in the military and in Puerto Rico, he returned to his hometown and saw the city with new eyes: “Without a sense of place, you don’t, as a writer, have very much. Place is all those forces of a given society impinging upon and determining character. Without it, a book becomes bloodless.” This book belongs to Kennedy’s celebrated Albany sequence of novels.
The discussion will be lead by National Medal of Arts winner Tobias Wolff, with panelists Carol Edgarian, novelist and founding editor of Narrative Magazine; Alex Woloch, Stanford’s Richard W. Lyman Professor of the Humanities; and Vendela Vida, a novelist and an editor at The Believer magazine.
Like all our events, it is free and open to the public.
Many of you are aware that Stanford Environmental Health & Safety has cancelled or postponed some events because of the COVID-19 conditions. We will let you know should there be any changes to our plans.