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03/26/2007
Author William Kennedy to Discuss "Ironweed" at Hudson Valley Community College Photo Available

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, March 26, 2007

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Author William Kennedy will discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Ironweed" during a free lecture that is open to the community at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on the Hudson Valley Community College campus.

Kennedy's scheduled appearance is part of HVCC READS 2007, a campus-wide reading program that encourages students, faculty and staff to read the same book. This is the second year of HVCC READS; last year's book selection was "Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age" by Bill McKibben.

Hudson Valley Community College selected "Ironweed" for HVCC READS 2007 because even though it's a great American novel, many students may not have read it because it's been more than 20 years since it was first published, explained Assistant Professor James LaBate, coordinator of HVCC READS.

"We are positively thrilled that William Kennedy has agreed to visit our campus and talk to our students. We hope that one day, one of those students will, like Kennedy, have a profound impact on the literary world in general and on the reading and writing community in the Capital Region," LaBate said.

"Ironweed" is Kennedy's 1983 Pulitzer Prize winning novel about Francis Phelan, a derelict on the run from his own demons and past mistakes. Set in Albany – Kennedy's hometown – in the 1930s, "Ironweed" follows Francis and his friend, Helen, as they try to make peace with the ghosts of the past and the present.

For details about Kennedy's lecture, please visit www.hvcc.edu/hvccreads or call (518) 629-7226.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.