Literary Legends Event Oct. 22

Literary Legends Event Oct. 22

October 6, 2016 | Adult Services

Two local authors—Marion Roach Smith and Leonard A. Slade, Jr.—will be honored at the third annual Literary Legends event on Saturday, Oct. 22, hosted by the Albany Public Library Foundation.

The event will start at 7:00 pm at the library’s Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, which is located at 148 Henry Johnson Blvd. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online through the Foundation’s website or at the door. The event includes the awards ceremony and remarks by the honorees, a silent auction, live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and wine, beer, and soda.

Roach Smith is a contemporary non-fiction writer based in Rensselaer County whose books include Another Name for Madness and The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life. Slade is a professor of Africana Studies and adjunct professor of English at the University at Albany who has published close to two dozen books of poetry, including Sweet Solitude and Nobody Knows.

The Literary Legends event recognizes outstanding local authors, illustrators, and publishers for their extraordinary contributions to the art of letters. The event raises funds for the Albany Public Library Foundation, which in turn support special projects and programs at the library. In the past two years, the event has raised close to $60,000. Roach Smith and Slade join previous Literary Legends award recipients Gregory Maguire, Barbara Smith, Paul Grondahl, Amy Biancolli, and William Kennedy.

Additional details about the Literary Legends event are available on the Foundation’s website at For more information, please email the APL Foundation at

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is manager of APL's Communication and Creative Services Department, which provides content and information for the library's website, social media, publications, videos, podcasts, and other outlets. Stephanie also manages APL's public relations and marketing efforts.