Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:30

A.L.L. Presents Vermont Storyteller Tom Weakley

By Staff Report | Education

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs (A.L.L.) invites the public to a free special 20th Anniversary brown bag lunch and learn program. Award-winning storyteller Tom Weakley will present ‘Writing to be Read vs. Writing to Perform’ on Friday, May 17 from noon to 1 p.m. at SUNY Empire State College, located at Two Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs, room 126.

He will address issues confronted when changing a story meant to be performed on stage into one to be read from a book. 

Weakley has entertained adult and family audiences throughout the U.S. and Australia.  In 2012, he gathered together 20 of his most popular works in a 200-page book titled simply Tom Weakley: The Stories, ranging from the novella-length story of two generations in the secret life of a death-haunted Vermont family to the “Only in Vermont!” stories of Bucky Grimm’s back suit and the mystery of the 7:02 train to Bellows Falls.

He will read selections from the book, field questions from listeners and sign copies. 

Weakley has twice appeared at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee. He has been a featured performer at numerous First Night Celebrations including Saratoga Springs. In 2003, he performed at the National Book Fair in Washington at the invitation of First Lady Barbara Bush. Three of his six CDs of stories have been honored with national awards.

The Academy, which is sponsored by Empire State College and affiliated with the Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) Institute Network, offers non-credit academic study groups as well as social and leadership opportunities for mature learners. For further information, visit www.esc.edu/ALL, or call (518) 587-2100, ext. 2415.

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