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04 Feb
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Feb 4, 2014 | 6:30 PM-8:30 PM


Authors In Action


Do you have a passion for writing? Are you an aspiring author? Are you looking to meet other writing professionals? Then join us for an evening showcasing the literary works of three talented Gallatin alumni authors.

Each writer will read an excerpt from his or her published work and participate in a Q&A with the audience.

The event will conclude with a networking reception, providing you an opportunity to connect with fellow writing professionals. Attendees are welcome to bring copies of the authors' books to the event for signing.


John Searles, MA'94

John Searles is the author of the national bestsellers Boy Still Missing and Strange But True, as well as the recently published Help For the Haunted. With starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, Help for the Haunted was named one of the best mystery and suspense novels of 2013 by The Boston Globe and Amazon. It has been hailed as "both frightening and beautiful ... a dazzling, dark portrait of a troubled family beset by the supernatural" by Gillian Flynn, and as an "exceptional piece of story-telling" by the Washington Post.

For the past ten years John has appeared regularly as a book critic on NBC's Today Show and CBS's The Early Show, and his essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and other national magazines. He lives in New York City.

Maryrose Wood, BA'96

Maryrose Wood dropped out of NYU in 1981 to appear in the original Broadways Cast of Merrily We Roll Along, which famously flopped. A decade later she returned to Gallatin, where she eventually acquired a degree and the confidence to call herself a writer. Since then she's written plays, screenplays, musicals, and fiction. Her book and lyrics for The Tutor made her a three-time recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals, which is administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Maryrose is the author of the critically acclaimed Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series for young readers; the latest installment is entitled The Interrupted Tale, and was published in December of 2013. Maryrose is proud to be a part-time instructor at NYU Gallatin where she teaches a class in writing children's fiction.

Moderated by: James Gain, MA'12
Free; Guests Welcomed

Pre-registration is encouraged; click here to RSVP.