Novelist Dave King will be giving a reading Friday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Neil Hellman Library, 392 Western Ave., Albany, New York. This will be the conclusion to the first half of the Frequency North reading series.
This event is free and open to the public, and is funded in part by Poets & Writers Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Dave King holds a BFA in painting and film from Cooper Union and an MFA in writing from Columbia University; he taught English at Baruch College and Cultural Studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York before moving to New York University’s Gallatin School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Of his bestselling debut novel, the New York Times Book Review wrote, “The Ha-Ha is full of emotional truth and establishes King as a writer of consequence.” The Ha-Ha was a finalist for Book of the Month Club’s best Literary Fiction Award and the Quill Foundation’s award for Best Debut Fiction and was named one of the best books of 2005 by the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Amazon.com. Several foreign language editions are in print, and a film version is in development. In addition, The Ha-Ha earned Dave King the 2006 John Guare Writers Fund Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
King’s poems and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The Village Voice and Fence, and in the Italian literary journal Nuovi Argomenti; King is also a translator of the Italian poet Massimo Gezzi. He and his husband, the painter Franklin Tartaglione, divide their time between Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley of New York, and a new novel, tentatively entitled The Beast and Beauty, is forthcoming.