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Author Roger Rosenblatt to deliver 2013 Guarnaschelli Lecture on April 10

Mar 25, 2013

Roger Rosenblatt discusses his book "Kayak Morning" on PBS NewsHour.

Author Roger Rosenblatt will present the 2013 Guarnaschelli Lecture on Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the George G. Brown Center's Frazier Hall at Bellarmine University. The lecture is free and open to the public. [campus map]

Roger Rosenblatt

Roger Rosenblatt’s essays for Time magazine and PBS have won two George Polk Awards, the Peabody and the Emmy. He is the author of six off-Broadway plays and 16 books, including the national bestsellers "Kayak Morning," "Unless It Moves the Human Heart," "Making Toast," "Rules for Aging" and "Children of War," which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. "Lapham Rising," his first novel, was also a national bestseller.

Rosenblatt is a Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University. He lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland and Quogue, New York.

"Making Toast," and the follow-up "Kayak Morning," address the sudden death of his daughter, Amy, of a rare and previously undetected heart condition at age 38. Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, moved to Maryland to help Amy's husband raise their three young children.

“I never thought of either 'Making Toast' or 'Kayak Morning' as memoirs,” said Rosenblatt. “'Making Toast' is more of an account of what our family’s life has been like since our daughter’s death. And 'Kayak Morning' is more of a meditation... There’s no category for the kind of work I’m trying to do now – work that straddles poetry and prose and deals with fact and thought in the same work. There’s no real name for it, but ‘memoir’ comes closest.”

During his trip to Louisville, he will also visit several classes to lead writing workshops for Bellarmine students.

The Guarnaschelli Lecture Series brings leading arts and humanities speakers to the Louisville community. It is made possible by a grant from Dr. John and Marty Guarnaschelli of Louisville. Past lecturers include Isabel Allende, Wendell Berry, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ken Burns, U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Jared Diamond, James Dickey, John Dunne, Allen D. Glenn, Seamus Heaney, Norman Mailer, Peter Matthiessen, George McGovern, Kathleen Norris, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Rodriguez, Salman Rushdie, William L. Shirer, Leslie Marmon Silko, Dava Sobel, William Styron, Wendy Whelan (with Nilas Martins) and Harold Wilson.