National Book Award-winning novelist Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott, one of the leading novelists of her generation, is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Absolution (2023), about the lives of American women on the margins of the Vietnam War. Wives have appeared as minor characters in Vietnam War fiction, but in Absolution they take center stage.

Alice McDermott
Thursday, April 11 (two events)
4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk / Q&A, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition
7:30 p.m. — Conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue, Campus Center West Auditorium
Both events at the University at Albany
Free and open to the public

Novelist Ann Patchett said, “Absolution is one of the finest contemporary novels I’ve read. It is a moral masterpiece.” McDermott is the author of nine novels, including Charming Billy, winner of the National Book Award, and That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This — all three of them finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2013, she was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. She is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.

Cosponsored by the English Department’s Creative Writing Program and Young Writers Project.


Apr 11 2024


7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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