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Writers Talking About Writing

November 6, 2007

Nick Marinello

The Tulane campus will be treated to a literary event when author and publisher James Atlas appears at Cudd Hall on Wednesday (Nov. 7). The event, “A Spectre Viewed by a Spectre: Biography’s Elusive Art,” will take place as a conversation between Atlas and his friend and colleague, Tom Sancton, this year’s Mellon Professor.


The author of numerous books, including two biographies about writers, James Atlas talks about the writing art on Wednesday (Nov. 7) at Tulane.

“Anyone who is interested in writing will enjoy the chance to meet a real live book publisher and hear the inside dope on how people break into print,” says Sancton, who invited Atlas to the uptown campus. The event will take place at 6 p.m.

Atlas is the founder and president of Atlas and Co. and was the founding editor of the Penguin Live series.

He is the author of numerous books, including two biographies about writers — Bellow: A Biography and Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet, which was nominated for a National Book Award.

Sancton, who will be posing questions to Atlas during the event, published his memoir, Song for my Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White, in 2006. He also has co-authored three books, Mikhail S. Gorbachev: An Intimate Biography, Death of a Princess: The Investigation and Dear Jacques, Cher Bill, a book about Franco-American relations in the 1990s.

Sancton’s most recent book, a political thriller entitled The Armageddon Project, was published in January.

The event is sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Honors Program at Tulane.

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