Legendary journalist and author of 28 books
The Writing Game
Wednesday, February 12 6:00 PM
Calvin will discuss his adventures and misadventures in various kinds of writing: non-fiction, commentary, humor, memoir, and light verse.
Calvin Trillin, has been acclaimed in fields of writing that are remarkably diverse. As someone who has published non-fiction in The New Yorker for fifty years, he has been called “perhaps the finest reporter in America.” His book, Quite Enough Of Calvin Trillin (2011) was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor. About Alice, his 2007 New York Times best seller, followed two other best-selling memoirs, Remembering Denny and Messages From My Father.
From 1967 to 1982, he produced a highly praised series of articles for The New Yorker called “U. S. Journal,” 3,000‑word pieces every three weeks on subjects that ranged from the murder of a farmer’s wife in Iowa to the author’s effort to write the definitive history of a Louisiana restaurant called Didee’s “or to eat an awful lot of baked duck and dirty rice trying.”
From 1978 through 1985, Trillin was a columnist for The Nation, writing what USA Today called “simply the funniest regular column in journalism.” The column was later syndicated to newspapers and then appeared in Time magazine.
Since 1990, Trillin has written a piece of comic verse weekly for The Nation. His books of what he calls deadline poetry have all been New York Times best sellers.
Trillin’s books have included three comic novels (most recently the national best-seller Tepper Isn’t Going Out, five column collections, a travel book, a book of short stories, and an account of the desegregation of the University of Georgia.