The HVCC READS Committee is pleased to announce that local journalist/columnist Mark McGuire has agreed to visit the campus on Tuesday April 24. During that day, he will visit two classes, share lunch with a small group of students, faculty and employees, plus deliver a lecture to the entire community with a dessert reception to follow.
The goal of the HVCC READS program is to encourage everyone on campus to read the work of one writer. In the past, the campus has welcomed novelists such as William Kennedy, Joyce Carol Oates and Amy Tan, non-fiction writers such as Bill McKibben, Richard Selzer, Liz Funk, and Ryan Smithson, and a graphic novelist, Jessica Abel.
Typically, the HVCC READS program focuses on one book written by the author, but this year, for the first time, the Committee chose an author who is known primarily for his work as a newspaper writer.
McGuire is originally from Long Island, but for the past 20 years, he has worked as a senior writer at the Albany Times Union. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, McGuire began his journalism career at the Leader-Herald in Gloversville, and later he worked at The North Jersey Herald and News before settling in the Capital District. During his time at those two newspapers, McGuire’s duties included general news assignments, government reporting and sports coverage, as well as a periodic column on music. Since arriving at the Times Union in 1990, McGuire also has written about television along with his reporting on news and sports.
In addition to his newspaper reporting, McGuire has also written two books; both are about baseball. In 1999, he co-authored with Michael Sean Gormley a book entitled Moments in the Sun, a work that chronicles the short-lived baseball careers of players such as Bo Belinsky, Bernie Carbo, Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, and Joe Charboneau. A year later, the same two authors published The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of the 20th Century Ranked.
Prior to McGuire’s visit to campus, interested readers can find his work on the Times Union web page (www.timesunion.com) or his blog (http://blog.timesunion.com/mcguire). They can also find him on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/McGuire.Mark) and on Twitter (http://blog.timesunion.com/mcguire/(Sports)).
Anyone who is interested in attending the free luncheon at noon with McGuire should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and faculty members who may want McGuire to visit their classes (10:00 or 11:00 a.m.) should do the same.