William Kennedy was born and raised in Albany, New York, and later worked as a journalist there, giving him the background for his celebrated works about that city and its history. He has published eight novels and several works of nonfiction and drama; he’s also a screenwriter, and the recipient of both a MacArthur grant and a Pulitzer Prize. His books include The Ink Truck (1969), Legs (1975), Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game (1978), Ironweed (1983), and Roscoe (2002).
Kennedy read in Cornell’s Goldwin Smith Hall on November 1, 2007. This interview took place earlier the same day.