Batavia Reads Gardner—Halloween Edition

GCC Joins John Gardner Society for Celebration

Batavia, NY- Batavia-born novelist John Gardner will be celebrated with a night of readings, food and fun on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

The John Gardner Society, in conjunction with Genesee Community College, is sponsoring the Halloween-themed celebration at 8:00 p.m. at the Pok-a-Dot diner at Ellicott and Liberty Streets in Batavia.

Gardner, who died in a motorcycle crash near his Pennsylvania home in 1982, was a novelist, poet, critic and teacher, whose best known works include The Sunlight Dialogues, a novel set in Batavia about brooding Police chief Fred Clumly and his pursuit of a magician known as the Sunlight Man, and Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf legend from the monster's point of view. He also penned three influential works on the art of writing: On Becoming a Novelist, The Art of Fiction, and On Moral Fiction.

For more information about the celebration, contact Bill Kauffman at (585) 757-2455 or GCC English Professor Charley Boyd at You can also learn more about the writer by visiting the
John Gardner Appreciation page on GCC’s website:

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email:

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