Dwight Marvin Library


HVCC READS is a community reading program designed to encourage students, faculty and staff to read and discuss the same book.

Jacopo della Quercia

HVCC READS Lecture by Jacopo della Quercia
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Maureen Stapleton Theatre
Free and open to the public with a reception to follow

Would You Like to Have Lunch with Author Jacopo della Quercia?
As part of his visit to Hudson Valley, author Jacopo della Quercia will share lunch from 11 a.m. - noon with a small group of 10 to 12 students, faculty and staff.

If you're interested in being part of the luncheon, here's what you have to do.
Write a short note explaining why you want to have lunch with this author. Perhaps you've already read his book, and want to ask some questions about his ideas. Maybe you want to be a professional writer yourself and want some advice from someone who has published a book. Or, maybe you have another unique reason. In any event, clearly describe your motivation in an email to Jim LaBate at j.labate@hvcc.edu.
This opportunity is open to all students, faculty and staff.

The HVCC READS Committee announces its 2016 author visit: Jacopo della Quercia on Wednesday, April 13 at 1 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre.

The author will discuss his historical novel, "License to Quill," after beginning his day with visits to two classes, followed by lunch with a small group of students, faculty and employees. A reception and book signing in the theatre lobby will follow the talk.

"License to Quill" is described as a James bond-esque spy thriller, starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe during history's real life Gunpowder Plot. The story follows the fascinating Golden Age of English espionage, the tumultuous cold war that gripped post-Reformation Europe and the cloak-and-dagger politics of Renaissance England. Readers will frequent the same taverns as Shakespeare, test their wits against Guy Fawkes, witness the miracles of the scientific revolution, and delight in learning about the mysterious origins of the Bard's most haunting play: Macbeth.

A scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities and a history writer, della Quercia combines his love of humor and history with a sense of action and adventure in this book and in his 2014 novel, "The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy." He's a regular contributor to www.cracked.com, a comedy website, and his work has been featured in Readers' Digest, The Huffington Post and WAMC's Roundtable. When he is not writing, della Quercia teaches about the Renaissance, art, literature and history.

The idea behind HVCC READS is twofold: first, bringing an author to campus for a discussion of his or her work will remind readers that living, breathing individuals are the creators of the books that form the foundation of a well-rounded education; and, second, when everyone reads the same book, the entire campus becomes a classroom for a discussion of ideas.

Previous HVCC READS Lectures

  • 2015 - Joseph Luzzi, "My Two Italies"
  • 2012 – Mark McGuire, "The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of the 20th Century"
  • 2011 - Amy Tan, "The Opposite of Fate"
  • 2011 - Joyce Carol Oates, "High Lonesome"
  • 2010 - Ryan Smithson, "Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI"
  • 2010 - Liz Funk, “Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls”
  • 2009 – Jessica Abel, “La Perdida”
  • 2008 – Richard Selzer, “Confessions of a Knife”
  • 2007 – William Kennedy, “Ironweed”
  • 2006 – Bill McKibben, “Enough”

For more information about the program, contact Jim LaBate at (518) 629-7226 or at j.labate@hvcc.edu.

This program is sponsored by the Faculty Student Association and the Student Senate.