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Author William Kennedy’s Visit for HVCC READS 2007
March 28, 2007

As part of HVCC READS 2007, the college’s campus-wide reading program, author William Kennedy visited Hudson Valley Community College on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 to discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Ironweed.”

Kennedy spoke with students in classrooms, lunched with faculty, staff and students, lectured in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, and met with admirers of his work at a reception. Nearly 200 people attended the lecture, including a large number of guests from the Capital Region community. Kennedy spoke about the novel’s themes, the process of writing, the film “Ironweed” which he wrote the screenplay for, and his own memories of growing up in Albany.
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Author William Kennedy meets Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew �Drew� Matonak. Author William Kennedy meets Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew “Drew” Matonak. Kennedy speaks to an Economics class about his novel. Kennedy speaks to an Economics class about his novel.
Kennedy explains themes of �Ironweed.� Kennedy explains themes of “Ironweed.” Kennedy speaks to an English Composition class about his novel. Kennedy speaks to an English Composition class about his novel.
Kennedy explains how a lifetime of reading prepared him for a career in writing. Kennedy explains how a lifetime of reading prepared him for a career in writing. Kennedy shares writing tips, from how to deal with writer�s block to getting �Ironweed� published. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was rejected 13 times by publishers, Kennedy noted. Kennedy shares writing tips, from how to deal with writer’s block to getting “Ironweed” published. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was rejected 13 times by publishers, Kennedy noted.
Kennedy talks with members of the community at a reception. Kennedy talks with members of the community at a reception. Kennedy speaks at a lecture in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. Kennedy speaks at a lecture in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.
A rapt audience in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium listens to Kennedy�s stories about Albany and his career as a writer. A rapt audience in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium listens to Kennedy’s stories about Albany and his career as a writer. Kennedy signs an �Ironweed� movie poster for a fan. Kennedy signs an “Ironweed” movie poster for a fan.
A Hudsonian reporter interviews Kennedy for the school newspaper. A Hudsonian reporter interviews Kennedy for the school newspaper. Kennedy meets with students Haley Timkey and Shadasha Gary (left to right) at a reception. Kennedy meets with students Haley Timkey and Shadasha Gary (left to right) at a reception.
A student class poses for a photo with Kennedy. A student class poses for a photo with Kennedy. Kennedy poses for a photo with Assistant Professor James LaBate, coordinator of the HVCC READS program. Kennedy poses for a photo with Assistant Professor James LaBate, coordinator of the HVCC READS program.