New York Library Association. - The eBulletin

Seven Inducted into NYS Writers Hall of Fame

For the sixth year the Empire State Center for the Book inducted a group of diverse writers into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.  David Remnick, Francine Prose, and Colm Toibin attended the June 2 event at New York City’s Princeton Club to accept the honor.  Isaac Asimov, Allen Ginsberg, Dawn Powell, and Ezra Jack Keats were also among those recognized.

The NYS Writers Hall of Fame was established in conjunction with the Empire State Center for the Book to highlight the rich literary heritage of New York State and to recognize the legacy of individual New York writers.

In his acceptance remarks, David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker, recalled interviewing Allen Ginsberg as a teen in the beat poet’s Greenwich Village apartment.  Nan Graham, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Scribner, is Toibin’s editor and inducted him into the Hall of Fame.  She described the almost spousal relationship the two have in her her remarks.  The Irish writer has long been a resident of New York.

This year’s group of honorees brings the number of members of the Hall of Fame to over 50.