A modern lens on the politics of our past


Critically acclaimed writer William Kennedy brings his native city to literary life again in Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, an in-depth, absorbing novel set in Albany, NY during the civil rights movement and during the civil unrest in 1950’s Cuba. A long-time reporter, screenwriter, and novelist, Kennedy received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Ironweed, adapted into the 1987 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.


Thomas Mallon sets his latest compelling historical novel in Washington, DC with Watergate, an intriguing version of a nation’s scandal. Mallon is author of eight novels, including Henry and Clara, Dewey Defeats Truman, and Fellow Travelers, as well as many works of nonfiction, essays, and contributions to The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. The Los Angeles Times described his work as “some of the most lucid prose in contemporary American literature.”

Individual tickets go on sale on August 1, 2012.