February 28th, 2006
Jamaica Kincaid, who lived on the island of Antigua until age 17 and now lives in Vermont, is one of the most influential and important authors writing today. She is particularly well-known for the novels Annie John and Lucy, the essay A Small Place, and the memoirs The Autobiography of My Mother and My Brother.
An avid gardener and the author of My Garden (Book), Kincaid’s recent Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya (National Geographic, 2005), is about her adventure in the mountains of Nepal with a group of botanists. She was also editor of The Best American Travel Writing 2005 (Houghton-Mifflin). My Favorite Tool will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux this fall.
She was a writer for The Village Voice and Ingenue magazine, became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 1976, and was a featured columnist for its “Talk of the Town” section for the next nine years. Her work has received wide critical acclaim. She won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts for her first book, a story collection, At the Bottom of the River.
In 1992 she was invited to teach at Harvard University, where she is now a visiting professor. In 2004 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Ms. Kincaid will be introduced by Sergio Troncoso, author of The Nature of Truth and The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, and member of the board of directors of The Hudson Valley Writers' Center.
Admission: $10 at the door
|The Masters School is located at 49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Events are held in the Claudia Boettcher Theatre on the campus. Take Route 9 to Clinton Avenue in Dobbs Ferry (a short distance south of Ashford Avenue); turn east on Clinton, continue past two campus houses to main entrance of school; turn left at stone marker. The campus is located about one mile from the Dobbs Ferry railroad station on Metro-North's Hudson River Line. Taxi service is available from the station.|
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