On Memoir, Magazines, Baseball, and the Writing Life

Apr 30, 2008, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
McCormick Hall, Room 101



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Roger Angell sold his first New Yorker story in 1943, and has been a staff member there for more than half a century, editing writers ranging from Vladimir Nabokov to Ann Beattie, William Trevor, John Updike, and Woody Allen; he remains a New Yorker fiction editor and regular contributor. He is America’s foremost baseball writer, and has also published humor and fiction and, most recently, a memoir entitled Let Me Finish.

Gerald Marzorati has been the editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine since 2003. Previously he worked as a senior editor at The New Yorker and Harper’s. He is the author of A Painter of Darkness, a biography of Leon Golub that won a PEN award for first non-fiction. He has also been the music critic for Slate.

Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of four books. The Fly Swatter was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and In the Country of Country was named one of the greatest all-time works of travel literature by Conde Nast Traveler. His first book, The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life Of Moe Berg was a national bestseller and appeared on many 1994 best book lists. In May, Pantheon will publish The Crowd Sounds Happy: A Story of Love, Madness and Baseball. He is also the editor of the Library of America’s Baseball: A Literary Anthology. A graduate of Harvard University, he has been a Guggenheim, Civitella Ranieri and Berlin Prize Fellow, and is a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and the American Scholar. He is currently teaching a seminar titled “Americans at Work and at Play.”