Friends of the Columbia Libraries to Host Evening of Conversation with Author Erica Jong

NEW YORK, November 15, 2007 The Friends of the Columbia Libraries will sponsor an evening of conversation with Erica Jong, noted novelist, poet, essayist, and best-selling author. Author and special guest Jay Parini will lead the conversation. The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, at The Kellogg Center, Room 1501 of the International Affairs Building on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus.

Erica Jong Photo

Jong’s groundbreaking first novel, the international bestseller Fear of Flying, electrified readers around the world and added several phrases to the lexicon. An award-winning writer who has been integral in the creation of the contemporary feminine literature genre, Erica Jong is the author of eight novels, several of which have been worldwide bestsellers. Among her nonfiction works are Fear of Fifty: A Midlife Memoir and The Devil at Large, a remembrance of her friendship with Henry Miller. She has also published six volumes of poetry. Her most recent book, Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life, was released in March 2006. Jong has lectured, taught and read her work all over the world.

Jong has enjoyed a long association with both Columbia University and Barnard College. A large collection of archival material from Erica Jong was recently acquired by Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library. A cum laude graduate of Barnard College, Jong received an MA in English from Columbia, where she studied 18th-century English Literature under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. She also attended Columbia’s graduate writing program where she studied poetry with Stanley Kunitz and Mark Strand. In 1996, she and her family endowed the Erica Mann Jong ’63 Writing Fellows Fund, which supports the Writing Fellows and provided for renovations to the building that houses the Erica Mann Jong ’63 Writing Center, a program at Barnard that teaches talented student writers to help other students improve their writing.

Jay Parini teaches English and creative writing at Middlebury College. He is the author of numerous works, including Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain and Robert Frost: A Life.

A reception will follow the program from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The Kellogg Center is located on the 15th floor of the International Affairs Building of Columbia University, located at 420 West 118th Street.

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The Friends of the Columbia Libraries aim to cultivate an informed interest in and support for the Columbia Libraries. The Friends foster the growth and improvement of the Libraries through financial and in-kind gifts and provide opportunities for creating, collecting, and preserving library materials. The Friends also promote the visibility of the Libraries through sponsorship of educational and social events.

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