Andersen is ‘Literary Light’

Novelist Kurt Andersen, author True Believers, will be the centerpiece of the Greenwich Arts Council’s Literary Lights 2012 on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Literary Lights is an annual program which brings prominent authors to discuss their current books at a luncheon held in a private home in Greenwich. Authors invited in prior years have included such notables as novelists Amy Bloom and Anna Quindlen and architectural critic Paul Goldberger.

Mr. Andersen was chosen for this year after his new novel True Believers garnered critical acclaim since its publication in July.

The event will begin at noon on Oct. 11 at the home of Carol and Steve Memishian in Greenwich.

Mr. Andersen is a best-selling novelist, journalist, social commentator, radio and television personality, editor, and writer for film, television and the stage. He has served as Op-ed columnist for The New York Times and worked at The New Yorker, where he was an award winning writer on politics and criminal justice before becoming for eight year’s the magazine’s architecture and design critic. After that he founded the legendary SPY magazine and was editor of New York Magazine before becoming editor-at-large at Random House, responsible for finding, conceiving and overseeing non-fiction books.

Mr. Andersen is currently host and co-creator of Studio 360, the Peabody Award-winning cultural magazine show produced by Public Radio International and WNYC. New York Magazine has named him one of the “100 People Who Changed New York.”

True Believers alternates between the present and the 1960’s capturing the enduring impact of that time on the ways we live now. The central character, Karen Hollander, is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons go back to an episode of her life in 1968 which she has managed to keep secret for over forty years. Now she must come to terms with her past, both privately and publicly.

Vanity Fair has said, “This is Andersen’s best book to date, which makes it a great American novel.”

Literary Lights is one of the Greenwich Arts Council’s major fund-raisers of the year. The proceeds support exhibitions, arts education outreach and public programs. Reservations may be made at the following levels: $500 benefactor, which has two tickets; $250 sponsor or a $125 ticket. Seating is limited.

Reservations may be made by calling the GAC office at 203-862-6750; or online at by clicking on Literary Lights.

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