Yale Alumnus and ‘About Alice’ Author Is Next Schlesinger Visiting Writer

Yale alumnus and acclaimed writer Calvin Trillin will give a public reading from his work on Thursday, April 8, as a John Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer.

The reading will take place at 7 p.m. in the Branford College common room, 74 High St. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Department of English and Branford College, is free and open to the public.

A 1957 Yale College graduate, Trillin has published pieces in The New Yorker for 40 years. From 1967 to 1982, he produced a highly praised series of articles for The New Yorker called “U.S. Journal,” 3,000-word pieces written from somewhere in the United States which were published every three weeks. Since 1990, Trillin has written a weekly piece of comic verse for The Nation.

He is the author of the 2007 New York Times bestseller “About Alice,” as well as two other bestselling memoirs, “Remembering Denny” and “Messages from My Father.” In 2004, he published “Obliviously on He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme.” A sequel, “A Heckuva Job,” was published in 2006. Both books were New York Times bestsellers.

Trillin’s other books have included three comic novels (most recently the national bestseller “Tepper Isn’t Going Out”) and a collection of short stories.

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.

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