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Last Chance: Larry Kirshbaum at 'Writers Speak'

Set aside your Wednesday evening for a chat with Amazon Publishing chief at Stony Brook Southampton.

Last Chance: Larry Kirshbaum at 'Writers Speak'

The next installment of Stony Brook Southampton's Writers Speak series is this Wednesday, when Larry Kirshbaum, the head of Amazon Publishing, will be interviewed by Dan Menaker, the former fiction editor for The New Yorker.

The free event takes place in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall on the campus on April 11 starting at 7 p.m.

Writers Speak Wednesdays is a series of free readings and author talks open to the public and sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program.

Stony Brook Southampton offers some of Kirshbaum's background:

Formerly the Time Warner Book Group CEO and a literary agent, Larry Kirshbaum was named last year to head a New York office for Amazon Publishing, sending shock waves through the industry. Amazon Publishing head Jeff Belle gave Kirshbaum the assignment of building the firm's New York publishing team and launching new imprints under the Amazon Publishing umbrella, "with a focus on acquiring the highest quality books in literary  and commercial fiction, business and general non-fiction."

In addition to 26 years at The New Yorker, Menaker, who now teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing program, served as the editor-in-chief of Random House Publishing. His latest book is " A Good Talk—The Story and Skill of Conversation."  

For information, call 631-632-5030 or visit stonybrook.edu/mfa. You can find Writers Speak Wednesdays on Facebook and follow the series on Twitter: @WritersSpeakWed.

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