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On the Road with the Empire State Center for the Book


By Rocco Staino
Janice Law, American Women’s Writers National Museum, Rocco Staino, Bev Frey, New York State Society of Washington DC

Last month, The Empire State Center for the Book (ESBC) traveled down to the National Book Festival in Washington DC.  At the festival, ESBC together with the State Library, participated in the Pavilion of States and exhibited information about our state’s literary heritage.  In addition, ESCB, along with the New York State Society of Washington, DC and the American Women Writers National Museum, co-sponsored  Literary New York Comes to DC.  Fifteen New York authors including T.C. Boyle, Avi, Tad Hills and Susan Hertog gathered at the Army Navy Club to socialize, talk about their books, and celebrate New York.

The Center will be dedicating a Literary Landmark in honor of Madeleine L’Engle at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine on Thursday, November 29, 2012.  L’Engle is a 2011 inductee into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame and author of many works of fiction and non-fiction,

including the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time. She served as the Cathedral librarian and participated in the Cathedral’s spiritual life for more than forty years.  The event will take place at 4 pm followed by Evening Song and reception where Leonard Marcus will discuss his new book on L’Engle,

At the Pavilion of States: Betsy Hamm, School Librarian; Junior League Volunteer
Susan Hildreth; Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services; Rocco Staino, Chairman of the Empire State Center for the Book


Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).  The event is open to the public.

On December 1, 2012, Empire State Center for the Book has arranged for a limited number of tickets to the matinee performance of the musical Giant at the Public Theater in New York City.  The production is based on Giant, the classic novel by Edna Ferber.  She was a 2012 inductee into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.  Starring Brian d’Arcy James, it tells a story that spans generations in an epic chronicle of the state that’s like no place else on earth – Texas.  Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by calling the NYLA office 1-800-252-NYLA.