On Friday, October 29th, at 6pm I will be returning to my alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College, to give a reading celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the college’s Friends Of The Library. I received a terrific education there in Bronxville, New York, which still resonates with me 30 years later. That’s not hyperbole. The inspiration for the novel I am currently writing, Buddhaland Brooklyn, is The Year Of My Life, a slim volume of haiku and prose by the 18th century Buddhist poet-priest, Kobayashi Issa, assigned to me in Albert Sadler’s Comparative Religion course three decades earlier. (Albert Sadler took over Joseph Campbell’s spot when the mythologist retired after 38 years teaching at SLC.)
So please come help celebrate this unique institution on Oct. 29th – Sarah Lawrence has a wonderful evening planned, all free, complete with reading, Q&A, reception and book signing. Details can be found here.