Purchase College-SUNY will host Katie Kitamura and Hari Kunzru on Weds., September 13, at 4:30 p.m. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Humanities Theatre at Purchase College (735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY).
“Authors Katie Kitamura and Hari Kunzru will kick off the new season of the Durst Lecture Series, a vibrant set of literary events that has been bringing some of the most important and exciting names in contemporary fiction to the Purchase College campus,” said Monica Ferrell, associate professor of creative writing at Purchase College. “In addition to meeting with a small group of students, the husband-and-wife novelists will give a public reading and engage in what is likely to be a spirited Q&A.”
According to Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature at Purchase College, “Katie Kitamura and Hari Kunzru are both superb stylists and compelling storytellers. After reading them, you want to quote their best sentences—and there are so many of them!—but you also want to retell their haunting plots. Where Kitamura’s novels tend to be exquisitely controlled, Kunzru’s are endlessly proliferative. I can’t wait to hear these two writers, at the top of their games, talk about their work with the Purchase community.”
Katie Kitamura’s first two novels, The Longshot (2009) and Gone to the Forest (2012), were finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. Her most recent novel, A Separation, was named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Huffington Post, and others.
Hari Kunzru is the author of five novels, including 2017’s White Tears and 2011’s Gods Without Men, as well as a short story collection. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin.
This fall, Purchase College will also be hosting the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, who was named 2017-2018 Roy & Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature. In addition, Paul Beatty, the first American to ever win the Man Booker Prize for fiction, will be visiting the college.
The Durst Distinguished Lecture Series and the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature are funded by the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature Endowment. The mission of the Durst programs is to infuse the experience and intellect of leading writers into the Purchase community, while providing diverse opportunities for these writers to interact with students and influence campus life.
For more information, please visit: https://www.purchase.edu/live/events/6208-durst-distinguished-lecture-katie-kitamura-and or call 914.251.6550.