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Best-selling novelist and screenwriter Dan Wakefield visits Loyola

Loyola press release - March 9, 2009

Woodrow Wilson Fellow, novelist, journalist and screenwriter Dan Wakefield will visit Loyola University New Orleans to screen films and lecture about his experiences as a writer. All events are free and open to the public.

Wakefield will be showing the film, “New York in the Fifties,” on Monday, March 16, at 7 p.m., in Bobet Hall, Room 332, located on Loyola’s main campus. Following the film, he will provide commentary about the project and answer questions.

On Tuesday, March 17, at 6 p.m., Wakefield will sign his books in the Loyola bookstore, located in the Danna Student Center. At 7:30 p.m., he will give a talk in the St. Charles Room.

On Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m., in Bobet Hall, Room 332, there will be a screening of the film “Starting Over,” adapted from Wakefield’s best-selling novel. After the screening, he will discuss his experiences as film script writer for the project and will discuss the book.

Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., Wakefield graduated from Columbia College in New York. Since then, he has written for many national magazines including GQ, the New York Times Magazine, Harpers Weekly and Atlantic Monthly. He has also authored several books such as “Island in the City: The World of Spanish Harlem” and “Supernation at Peace and War.”

Wakefield’s best-selling novels, “Going All The Way” and “Starting Over,” were produced as feature films, and he created the NBC prime time television series “James at 15.”

He has led workshops in “Spiritual Autobiography” and “Creating from the Spirit” at churches, synagogues and adult education centers throughout the United States, Mexico and Northern Ireland.

Wakefield was the recipient of a Neiman Fellowship in Journalism, a Rockefeller Grant for Creative Writing and was awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught in the writing programs at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Emerson College and is currently a writer in residence at Florida International University in Miami.

For more information, contact Mary McCay, professor of English, at mccay@loyno.edu or call 504-865-3389.