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You are invited to William Kennedy’s 90th Birthday Celebration

January 24, 2018

Albany, NY – Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and the City of Albany invites the public to Albany City Hall to celebrate William Kennedy’s transformative impact on the city’s life, lore, and literary culture. The event also marks the 35th Anniversary of the New York State Writers Institute. Kennedy’s "Albany cycle" of novels has helped to establish the city as an internationally recognized capital of the literary imagination. The New York State Writers Institute, founded by Kennedy in 1983, is responsible for making Albany a famous crossroads on the map of world literature for visiting writers in all genres and fields. 

To mark these two significant birthdays, Mayor Sheehan and other political and civic leaders will offer proclamations, followed by a talk by Kennedy. Light refreshments will be served. View event flyer here

Who:               William Kennedy, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other locally elected officials
What:              A Celebration of William Kennedy’s 90th Birthday & the 35th Anniversary of the NY State Writers Institute, including a talk by William Kennedy, readings, song, and light refreshments
When:             7 p.m., Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Where:            Rotunda, City Hall  


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