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Phillip Lopate, Distinguished Author and Writing Teacher, To Speak at the Clark

For Immediate Release

September 10, 2012

Williamstown, MA—Consummate “man of letters” Phillip Lopate will be the next author to appear in The Profession of Words series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 pm.  This series of free lectures and book signings celebrates writers who are making a career in the difficult business of creating books. 

Mr. Lopate has been publishing widely-acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction – essays, memoirs, poetry, biography, and criticism – for forty years, in addition to teaching writing, currently at Columbia University and elsewhere. He will read from work in progress and talk about modesty and self-assertion in the development of the writer’s persona, as well as taking questions and signing books.

Mr. Lopate has two books coming out early next year, Essay Love and To Show and to Tell: the Craft of Literary Nonfiction.  His most recent fiction is Two Marriages.  He has published three collections of essays, distilled into Getting Personal: Selected Writings.  Other books include Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan and a collection of film criticism called Totally Tenderly Tragically.  He is also the editor of three important anthologies, The Art of the Personal Essay, Writing New York, and American Movie Critics.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June, (daily in July and August), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

Sally Morse Majewski
The Clark
413 458 0588


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