Author Keith Scribner '80 will return to the Island on Friday, January 11, to introduce his newly released novel, Old Newgate Road, and to share his writing experiences with students, faculty, and the community.
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Old Newgate Road is set in the tobacco fields of northern Connecticut, near East Granby, where Keith lived for a time in his youth.
During his visit to campus, Keith will present a book talk and signing in Gilchrist Auditorium in the Clark Center for Science & Mathematics at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the evening presentation, and admission is free of charge. Copies of Old Newgate Road will be available for purchase at the event.
Keith will also take part in "Dinner and a Draft," an event for students with an affinity for writing, which will be hosted during his visit by Writing Initiatives at Loomis Chaffee.
Keith has published three novels prior to Old Newgate Road, including The Oregon Experiment in 2011, Miracle Girl in 2003, and The Good Life in 1999. The Good Life was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers series, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Keith's acclaimed fiction and nonfiction writing have appeared in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times Magazine and The Daily Beast, among others. His anthologies have appeared in Flash Fiction Forward and Sudden Stories: The MAMMOTH Book of Miniscule Fiction. Keith's short story "Paradise in a Cup" garnered both Pushcart and O'Henry honorable mentions.
Photo by Luke Scribner