Annual McKinney Contest -- Russell Banks, Guest Speaker

 

Annual McKinney Contest -- Russell Banks, Guest Speaker

Darrin Communications Center (DCC 308)

http://www.llc.rpi.edu/web/mckinney/

Russell Banks, the speaker for this year's McKinney ceremony, will present prizes to McKinney winners, read from his work, and respond to questions beginning at 8 p.m. on April 16, 2008, in Darrin Communications Center (DCC 308). After the ceremony, he will sign books.

The McKinney Contest is Rensselaer's writing competition for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about the contest and for directions to the event, please visit the website listed below.


Russell Banks has won numerous awards for his work, among them, the American Book Award, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Ingram Merrill Award, and the John Dos Passos Award. He has twice been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award. His novels Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter were adapted into major motion pictures, the latter winning the Grand Prix and the International Critics Award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Other works are currently being made into films. His most recent novel, The Reserve (which is set in the Adirondacks in 1936-37), was released on January 29, 2008. Banks was New York State Author from 2004-7.
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