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Jane Hamilton and Ann Packer Are First Guests in Fall Writers Speak Wednesdays

Critically acclaimed novelists Jane Hamilton and Ann Packer will be the first guests in the fall Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Hamilton and Packer will speak on Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall.

Hamilton, the internationally best-selling, award-winning author, has been acclaimed by the Chicago Tribune as “one of our [time’s] most magnetic and provocative novelists.” Best known for The Book of Ruth and A Map of The World, her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Allure, Oprah Magazine, Elle and various anthologies. Her seventh novel, The Excellent Lombards, will be published in May 2016.

Packer’s most recent success is The Children’s Crusade. Her award-winning novels, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier (winner of the Kate Chopin Literary Award) and Song Without Words, and two short story collections, Swim Back to Me and Mendocino and Other Stories, have been applauded by literary critics and readers alike. The New York Times Book Review raves, “Packer … render[s] with economy and eloquence those rare interludes of grace that come upon her characters unannounced.”

Other writers scheduled for the series include: David Lynn in conversation with Roger Rosenblatt, October 14; Bob Holman, October 21; Arlene Alda, November 18; and Willie Perdomo, December 2.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. The evenings begin with a brief reception at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing. All programs are held in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton.

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