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Monday, March 15, 2010

This much is true: Wally Lamb to speak at GCC


Lamb to speak at GCC March 30

NEW HAVEN — New York Times best-selling author Wally Lamb will speak from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 30 at Gateway Community College, Room 160, 60 Sargent Drive.
The event is presented by The Esther Haseltine Schiavone Endowment Fund, which supports GCC events that focus on the arts, the college said in a statement.
Lamb is the author of three New York Times best-selling novels — “The Hour I First Believed,” “I Know This Much is True,” and “She’s Come Undone” — of which two were Oprah’s Book Club selections, the statement said.
Lamb edited “Couldn’t Keep It to Myself” and “I’ll Fly Away,” two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Niantic, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for 10 years, the statement said.
Lamb was in the ninth year of his 25-year career as a high school English teacher at his alma mater, the Norwich Free Academy, when he began to write fiction in 1981. He has also taught writing at the University of Connecticut, where he directed the English Department’s creative writing program. Lamb lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine. The Lambs have of three sons.
The Esther Haseltine Schiavone Endowment Fund was established in 2006 through the Gateway Community College Foundation by Schiavone’s daughter Jennifer Schiavone Spinach. Spinach set up the endowment in her mother’s memory to help the programs put on at GCC by her longtime friend and author GCC Professor Franz Douskey.
In addition to bringing Lamb to speak on March 30, Douskey has brought a host of musicians and writers to the college over the past 20 years, including Arthur Miller, Malcom Cowley, Amiria Barak, The Mitchell Ruff Duo, Honi Coles, Connecticut Poet Laureates Leo Connellan and Marilyn Nelson, Dick Allen, William Packard and vocalist Giacomo Gates, the statement said.

Editor's note: the information in this post was provided by Gateway Community College. It is lightly edited here.

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