Queens College Evening Readings
October 23, 2018 • 7:00PM to 7:00PM
The most prestigious literary programming in Queens is back again with award-winning and renowned writers for its fall 2018 season.
The Queens College Evening Readings series will present Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, leading Louis Armstrong researcher and historian Ricky Riccardi, and New York Times bestselling author James Kaplan.
Tuesday, October 23, New York Times bestselling novelist James Kaplan will discuss his creative process and read from his work. In November 2010, Doubleday published Frank: The Voice, the first volume of Kaplan’s definitive biography of Frank Sinatra. The book was also chosen by former New York Times chief book critic Michiko Kakutani as one of her Top Ten Books of 2010. In Spring 2019 Yale University Press will publish Kaplan’s Irving Berlin: New York Genius, as part of its Jewish Lives series.
Tuesday, November 13, Ricky Riccardi will discuss the last 25 years of the life and career of Louis Armstrong. These were Armstrong’s most popular years but in the jazz world, many critics spent those years criticizing Armstrong for “going commercial,” for “selling out,” for being an “Uncle Tom” and more. Riccardi’s book What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years refuted those claims, often using Armstrong’s own words to defend himself.