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SUBMITTED by Marjorie Torelli (8-Sep-2014)

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Blake Bailey to Visit Newark Public Library

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Blake Bailey, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cheever: A Life, Farther & Wilder, The Splendid Things We Planned and more, will visit the Newark Public Library to talk about his biography of famous Newark author Charles Jackson.

Jackson spent his childhood in Newark and graduated from Newark’s Washington School in 1921 before moving to Chicago in 1923. He published The Lost Weekend, a realistic novel portraying the effects of alcoholism which was made into an Academy Award-winning movie, in 1944. Many of Jackson’s works were based on his own life. He wrote The Sunnier Side: Twelve Arcadian Tales, which was a collection of short stories based on his experiences and acquaintances in Newark. Jackson was made instantly famous by his novel The Lost Weekend, and his life story includes struggles with alcoholism, tuberculosis, and homosexuality. Blake Bailey will be here to speak about his biography of Charles Jackson, a truly notable past resident of Newark with a fascinating story.

At 1pm, the library will host a screening of The Lost Weekend. Following the showing, at 4pm, Blake Bailey will give a talk and sign books. Join us for this unique glimpse into the life of one of Newark’s most notable residents during a visit from a celebrated author. These events are presented by the Timothy Johnson Cultural Forum in partnership with Newark Public Library and the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society. For more information, contact Newark Public Library at 315-331-4370.

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