Monday, February 28, 2005

Lannan Readings & Conversation: Gilbert Sorrentino with Michael Silverblatt

Gilbert Sorrentino has published over 30 volumes of fiction, poetry, and essays. For much of the 1950's and 60's he published literary journals and magazines and in 1965 took a job at Grove Press where his first editing assignment was Alex Haley's The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Sorrentino's first novel, The Sky Changes, was published in 1966 and was soon followed by Steelwork in which Sorrentino draws upon memories of his Brooklyn childhood. Next came Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things, about the art and literary avant-garde community of 1950's and 60's New York.

Michael Silverblatt, dubbed "the best reader in America" by Norman Mailer and "a national treasure" by Susan Sontag, is host and producer of public radio's premier literary talk-show Bookworm. Silverblatt, a Lannan audience favorite, has participated in more than 25 Readings & Conversations programs.

Gilbert Sorrentino Reading & Conversation

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