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    QC Evening Readings: Valeria Luiselli Shines Light on a Different Perspective of Immigration

    On the night of an impending snowstorm, students, faculty and Queens College alumni gathered together at the LeFrak Concert Hall to listen to award-winning Mexican author Valeria Luiselli read from her most recent book, “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions.” As part of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts Evening Readings program, Luiselli was introduced by a student in Queens College’s Master of Fine Arts in Fiction program. After telling the audience about the inspiration behind her book, she read aloud an excerpt. “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions,” received a Kirkus starred review and was nominated for a National Book Critics…

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    Jhumpa Lahiri discusses career and publishing at QC Evening Readings

      Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri visited QC on March 7 to discuss her past work, the publishing business and her new venture of writing and translating works in a different language. Lahiri has authored works such as “The Namesake,” “The Lowlands” and “Interpreter of Maladies,” but it was her most recent texts—2016’s “In Other Words” and 2016’s “The Clothing of Books”—that were the focal discussion point of the event. Given her accomplishments in her career, Lahiri’s new focus has shifted to writing in Italian and translating works from Italian into English. “It’s an experiment worth pursuing,” Lahiri said. “It’s a new way of seeing things; I’m enjoying how…

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    Author talks about stories and religion

    Geraldine Brooks read from “The Secret Chord,” her latest novel, and answered questions about it at the last Evening Readings series. The event was held at LeFrak Concert Hall on Feb. 16. It was heavily attended with people like Queens College President Felix Matos Rodriguez in the audience. Brooks is the author of four novels including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “March” and “Caleb’s Crossing.” She’s also written non-fiction books like “Foreign Correspondence” and “Nine Parts of Desire.” But Brooks is not just an award-winning author, she is also a journalist. She worked for The Wall Street Journal covering the Middle East, including the 1990-91 Gulf War. “The Secret Chord,” released in…

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    Nicole Krauss talks latest novel at Evening Readings

    Nicole Krauss read from “Great House,” her latest novel, on Nov. 17 at the LeFrak Concert Hall for the Evening Readings series. “Great House,” released on 2011, is about a desk that connects three people and their stories in its many drawers. There is a power over anyone who owns or gives it away. Nadia, an American writer living in New York, receives the desk from a friend of Chilean poet Daniel Varsky, who leaves to Chile. However, he disappeared under Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean dictator. The writer continues to hold the desk until one day, a woman claiming to be Varsky’s daughter comes to request it and Nadia allows…

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    Author Joyce Carol Oates discusses memoir at Evening Readings

    Joyce Carol Oates read from her latest memoir, “The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age,” on Nov. 10 at LeFrak Concert Hall for the Evening Readings Series. “The Lost Landscape” is a memoir about her childhood and adolescence, exploring the world through the eyes of her younger self. It is her second memoir after the best-selling book “A Widow’s Story.” The memoir shows Oates’ life growing up on a small farm in upstate New York, where she made friends with a red hen named Happy Chicken. She reflects about her days with Happy Chicken, who disappeared the day the “town grandmother” took Oates to get a public library card. Oates also writes about the mean…