William Kennedy’s classic novels of Albany are the inspiration for a special musical book and author talk at Albany Public Library on Wednesday, April 16. Starting at 7 pm that night, William Kennedy himself will join local singer/songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos in the Albany History Room on the second floor of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue. This one-of-a-kind event will feature a performance by Poulopoulos and discussion with Kennedy.
Poulopoulos has been writing songs inspired by three of Kennedy’s books—“Ironweed,” “Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game,” and “Legs”—some of which he will perform at the event. He will also conduct a discussion of Kennedy’s famed Albany cycle of eight books. Kennedy will also engage with the audience in a question and answer session.
This event is free and open to the public, though there is limited seating in the Albany History Room. For more information about the Kennedy musical book talk, please contact the Main Library Readers’ Services Department at 427-4349.
This musical book talk program is the first in a new series where local songwriters are challenged to write songs based on the works of one author. The second musical book talk program will be presented later this year at the Main Library.