A Reading and Conversation with
Mark Kurlansky on Tuesday, Mar. 20

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Mark Kurlansky, Baruch’s Spring 2007 Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence, will read and discuss a selection of his work with members of the Baruch community on Tuesday, March 20 at 5:45 pm. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in Engelman Recital Hall of the Antonowsky Performing Arts Complex, 55 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street. The reading will be preceded by a reception at 5 pm.

Kurlansky’s books explore the history of unusual subjects and ideas. His works include Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell; and 1968: The Year That Rocked the World.

As part of his semester as Harman Writer-in-Residence, Kurlansky is teaching a class at Baruch entitled "Journalism and the Literary Imagination", in which his students learn about the creative non-fiction genre by writing their own works and analyzing non-fiction by Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, V.S. Naipaul, and Wole Soyinka.

A veteran journalist with nine non-fiction books to his credit, Kurlansky has worked as a reporter at the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His writing has also appeared in Partisan Review, Harper’s, and the New York Times Magazine. His most recent book, Non-violence: 25 Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea, was published last year.