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Garrison Keillor Kicks Off UAlbany's Fall Calendar of Events

Contact: Heidi Weber (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 4, 2003) -- The University at Albany announced its 2003 Fall Calendar of Events, including an evening with Garrison Keillor, master storyteller and public radio star, who will read from his new novel, “Love Me," on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Recreation and Convocation Center on the University’s uptown campus.

Keillor is best-known for his acclaimed Public Radio programs, "A Prairie Home Companion" and "The Writer's Almanac" and is the author of several bestselling novels and short story collections. His latest novel is "Love Me," the story of Larry Wyler, a starstruck Minnesotan with literary aspirations who abandons his young wife in St. Paul in order to try his luck among New York's rich and famous writers. He meets with success, both as a staff writer for "The New Yorker" and as a ladies man, but his success quickly comes to an end. In trouble with his wife, and out of favor at "The New Yorker," Wyler ekes out a living as "Mr. Blue," an advice columnist for lovesick readers.

The event is presented by the New York State Writers Institute and is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the Writers Institute at (518) 442-5620 or visit

Other Highlights of the 2003 Fall Events Roster Include:

• A video installation, "A Moving Picture Show," by Allen Yates, MFA (1999) in the University Art Museum from Sept. 16-Nov. 1.

• The Writers Institute presents Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for The New Yorker, on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at the University Art Museum.

• The Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies will sponsor, "Democracy in Latin America 30 Years After Chile's 9/11," with keynote speaker, Fabiola Letelier, Chilean human rights lawyer, Oct. 10-12. For more information, call (518) 442-4890 or visit

• "The Private Life of the Master Race," will be held at the Performing Arts Center's Studio Theatre on Oct. 22-25 at 8 p.m. The cost is $12 for the general public and $8 for students, seniors and staff.

• Homecoming/Family Weekend will be held on Oct. 24-26 featuring activities from a Touchdown Tailgate (Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) to "Music Around the World" with the UAlbany Chamber Singers to football and soccer games.

• The Fifth Annual Festive Holiday Concert will be held on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Main Theatre. Cost is $7 for the general public and $3 for students.

For the entire Today@UAlbany Fall 2003 calendar, visit

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The University is engaged in a $500 million fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with the goal of placing it among the nation's top 30 public research universities by the end of the decade. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit

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