New York State Writers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
By: Rocco Staino, Chairman of the Empire State Center for the Book
Librarians, publishers and book lovers gathered at the Princeton Club of New York on June 4 to help induct the 2013 Class of the New York State’s Writers Hall of Fame. Marilyn Hacker, Alice McDermott, Walter Mosley and Calvin Trillin, the four living inductees, were all present at the event. James Fenimore Cooper, Countee Cullen, Miguel Pinero and Maurice Sendak were also inducted. Two of Cooper’s great great great great granddaughters attended the event and spoke about their ancestor. While Miguel Pinero’s sisters accepted the plaque on behalf of their deceased playwright brother who began the Nuyorician literary movement.
Ian Frazier, writer for The New Yorker, humorously inducted his friend and colleague, Calvin Trillin. And memoirist Honor Moore inducted poet Marilyn Hacker who traveled to the event from Paris.
The honorees for the NYS Writers Hall of Fame were chosen by a selection committee comprised of Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, Jeffrey Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education of the New York State Education Department, Barbara Genco, retired librarian from Brooklyn Public Library and Editor of Collection Management at Media Source, Brian Kenney, Director of the White Plains Public Library, Brian McCarthy, Associate Publisher of the Library of America, Kathleen Masterson, Director of the Literature Program at the New York State Council on the Arts, Bertha Rogers, Executive Director of Bright Hill Press & creator of the New York State Literary website and map, Rocco Staino, Chairman of the Empire State Center for the Book, and Hong Yao, Associate Coordinator Collection Development at Queens Library.