Anne Trubek Visits for National Day on Writing

The College of Saint Rose will mark “National Day on Writing” with a presentation by Anne Trubek, acclaimed author of A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses, as part of the 2012-13 season of Frequency North, the visiting writers series.

Trubek will read Thursday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium, 985 Madison Ave., Albany. The program is free and open to the public. Copies of Trubek’s latest work will be available for purchase and signing.

In A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses
 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), Trubek takes a vexed, often funny and always thoughtful tour of a number of authors’ houses across the country that are now on public display. Houses once occupied by such area luminaries as Herman Melville, Edith Wharton and Walt Whitman figure in her stories. Although admittedly skeptical about what these buildings tell about their former inhabitants, Trubek falls at least a little bit in love with each stop on her itinerary and finds in each some truth about literature, history and contemporary America. Trubek’s book has been hailed as “a remarkable book: part travelogue, part rant, part memoir, part literary analysis and urban history” and called “relentlessly witty.”

Trubek (http://annetrubek.com) also is at work on the history of handwriting, a book that came out of her essay “Handwriting is History,” which appeared in Best Technology Writing 2010. She has published articles in The New York TimesThe AtlanticWiredDwellGOODThe Oxford AmericanThe American ProspectThe Washington PostThe Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications, and has appeared on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” “The Diane Rehm Show” and “Talk of the Nation.” Trubek has written reviews for B&N ReviewThe Washington PostMother JonesPasteJewish Review of BooksSalon and elsewhere.

The National Council of Teachers of English sponsors the National Day on Writing annually to recognize “the significance of writing in our national life, to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives.”

The October 18 program is sponsored by the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee at Saint Rose, Frequency North and the School of Arts and Humanities.

The remaining Frequency North schedule follows. All are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website at www.FrequencyNorth.com or follow on Twitter @frequencynorth.


• Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7:30 p.m. – Melissa Febos and Eduardo C. Corral
Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany

• Thursday, February 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam
Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany

• Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Kaya Oakes and David Yezzi
Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Ave., Albany

• Thursday, March 28, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Darin Strauss and Michael Meyerhofer
Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany

• Sunday, April 7, 2013, 2 p.m. – Pitchapalooza! Returns
Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany

• Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m. – Meg Kearney and M. Bartley Seigel
Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany

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