Best-Selling Author Gay Talese To Give Public Reading at Yale

Best-selling author Gay Talese will give a public reading from his work at Yale on April 1 as a John Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer.

His talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in St. Anthony Hall, 483 College Street. The event is sponsored by the Yale Department of English, St. Anthony Hall and Branford College.

Best known for “Honor Thy Father,” his groundbreaking insider’s account of a Mafia family, Talese is the author of 11 books and countless articles. Among his other bestselling works of nonfiction are “The Kingdom and the Power,” exploring the history and influence of TheNew York Times;Thy Neighbor’s Wife,” examining America’s changing moral values between World War II and the onset of the AIDS pandemic;Unto the Sons,” his memoir about his family’s immigration to America from Italy in the years preceding World War II; “The Bridge,” about the construction of the Verrazano-Narrows span between Brooklyn and Staten Island; and “Fame and Obscurity,” a collection of his articles principally from the pages of Esquire magazine, where he was credited by Tom Wolfe for creating a novel form of nonfiction writing, which Wolfe called “The New Journalism.”

His most recent book is “A Writer’s Life,” an autobiographical account of the interplay between experience and writing. He is currently working on a book about marriage for Knopf.

Talese was born in New Jersey in 1932 to Italian immigrant parents. He attended the University of Alabama, and after graduation was hired as a copyboy at the New York Times. After a brief stint in the Army, Talese returned to the Times in 1956 and worked there as a reporter until 1965. Since then, in addition to writing books, he has regularly contributed articles to such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, and Harper’s Magazine. Each spring Talese serves as a visiting writer at the University of Southern California’s Professional Writing program. Recently he was granted a George Polk award for lifetime achievement as a journalist

The John Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer series was established to enrich the experience of student writers in Yale College. It is supported by a gift from Richard and Sheila Schlesinger in honor of their son, who was dedicated to the pursuit of creative writing. Each year several distinguished writers come to campus to give a public reading and to confer with student writers in a variety of settings, both formal and informal.

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