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Author Jacopo della Quercia Visits Hudson Valley Community College on Wednesday


Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
Jim LaBate (518) 629-7226,

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Author Jacopo della Quercia will read and discuss his historical novel, "License to Quill" on Wednesday, April 13 at 1 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre at Hudson Valley Community College, as part of the HVCC READS program. The talk is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

A history writer and scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities, della Quercia combines his love of humor and history with a sense of action and adventure in his latest book, which 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.

Also the author of "The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy," della Quercia is a regular contributor to the comedy website, Cracked, and his work has been featured in Readers' Digest, The Huffington Post and WAMC's Roundtable. He also teaches about the Renaissance, art, literature and history.

HVCC READS is designed to encourage everyone on campus – students, faculty and staff – to read and discuss the work of one author. For more information about this event or HVCC READS, contact Jim LaBate at (518) 629-7226 or The HVCC READS Web page can be viewed at

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.