For Immediate Release
April 30, 2009
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Brockport, NY – Non-fiction author Ian Frazier, noted for his humorous essays on contemporary life and travel narratives that explore American history and geography, received the 2009 Art of Fact Award from The College at Brockport’s Writers Forum last night. The Award was presented before a crowd of nearly 200 people by The Writers Forum and M&T Bank at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.
Frazier interspersed commentary on the history and future of non-fiction writing with reading from several of his books, including Lamentations of the Father, Great Plains, and The Fish’s Eye. One idea Frazier kept returning to was the question of how authors can make money with the Internet supplying so much previously published content at no cost.
Frazier received his BA from Harvard in 1973. He became a staff writer at the weekly magazine, The New Yorker, just one year later.
The Art of Fact award is given each spring by The Writers Forum, which chooses works that contribute significantly to American culture. Anne Panning, associate professor in the Department of English, said, “The Writers Forum, which was founded in 1967, allows Brockport to bring prominent, award-winning writers to not only our students but to the Greater Rochester community and beyond.” Panning and Ralph Black, associate professor in the Department of English, are co-directors of the Forum, which is recognized as one of the outstanding reading series in the country.
Since 1968, the forum has created a videotape library that contains more than 300 interviews, readings, and discussions of craft with the contemporary authors. The library has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation.
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