Writers At Masters
A series bringing you the finest writers of our time.
Presented by The Hudson Valley Writers' Center with support from The Masters School and Rivertowns Arts Council.
Events in this series take place at the Claudia Boettcher Theatre at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry.


photo: Michael Cunningham, by Richard PhibbsMichael Cunningham

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
7:30 pm at The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry

Michael Cunningham’s first novel, A Home at the End of the World, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1990 to wide acclaim, and another novel, Flesh and Blood, followed in 1995. His third novel, The Hours, earned him the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award and was made into a film with Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep.

His most recent novel, Specimen Days, (reprinted last spring in paperback by Picador) takes place in Manhattan during the Industrial Revolution, the Roaring ‘20s, and then the 22nd century. It is haunted by Walt Whitman, from whom he borrowed the title, just as The Hours was haunted by Virginia Woolf.

Cunningham has also written a non-fiction book, Land’s End: A Walk Through Provincetown, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, and other publications. His story “White Angel” was chosen for Best American Short Stories, 1989, and another story, “Mister Brother,” appeared in the 2000 O. Henry Collection. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award (1995), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1993), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1988), and a Michener Fellowship from the University of Iowa (1982).


photo by Richard Phibbs

Admission: $15 at the door ($10 for members of HVWC and Rivertowns Arts Council)
Books will be available for purchase and autographing at a reception afterwards.

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.

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center's programs and events are made possible, in part, by grants from the Bydale Foundation, the David G. Taft Foundation, the Orchard Foundation, and the Thendara Foundation; with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts; and by the Basic Program Support Grant of the Westchester Arts Council with funds from Westchester County Government.

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