Columbia University Marks 50th Anniversary of William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch

NEW YORK, September 16, 2009 To mark the 50th Anniversary of the publication of William S. Burroughs’s novel Naked Lunch, there will be a series of celebratory events October 8-10, 2009 held by Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and New York University (NYU). For a full schedule of 50th Anniversary events, please see the announcement.


On Friday, October 9, 2009 the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) at Columbia University will host Fifty Years of Naked Lunch: From the Interzone to the Archive…and back, a conference including paper presentations, a panel discussion and a viewing of the exhibition “Naked Lunch: The First Fifty Years.” Except where noted, all sessions take place at the Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive. For a conference schedule, please see the RBML website.

For more information about the conference and exhibit, or to register, please email

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