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Award-Winning Author, Playwright Larry Kramer Visits Vassar

Larry Kramer, award-winning playwright and author, will visit Vassar College Oct. 28.
Larry Kramer, award-winning playwright and author, will visit Vassar College Oct. 28. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jean Carlomusto

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Larry Kramer, a well-known author, playwright and gay rights advocate, will speak about his new book, "The American People," among other things, during a free event Wednesday at Vassar College.

The talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Martel Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. Kramer also will answer questions from the audience and sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.

Kramer wrote the Academy Award-nominated screenplay adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's "Women in Love" then published his bestselling novel, "Faggots."

His play about the AIDS crisis, "The Normal Heart," won the 2011 Tony Award for best revival of a play. Additionally, the HBO adaptation of the play won the Emmy Award for outstanding television movie in 2014. Among his numerous honors, Kramer was named a Master American Dramatist by the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

In addition to his writing, Kramer also is a public health and gay rights advocate. He co-founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis in 1982 and founded ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) in 1987.

His most recent work is the satiric novel, "The American People: Volume 1, Search for My Heart," which was published this year. The book is a fictionalized history featuring, among other things, a religious sect conspiring with eugenicists, McCarthyites and Ivy Leaguers to exterminate homosexuals.

This event is sponsored by the Drama Department, Campus Life LGBTQ Center, the Program in American Studies, the Office of Health Education and the Office of the President.

For more details, visit the Vassar College website .

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