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TC Boyle: Back in Potsdam again

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Writer TC Boyle will be at SUNY Potsdam Thursday evening for a reading as part of Potsdam's Lougheed Festival of the Arts. He'll also be introducing student writers on Friday night.

After growing up in Westchester County, Boyle graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 1968.

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Nora Flaherty
Digital Editor, News

He says Potsdam is where he discovered himself as a writer:

"I was pretty young, and very immature, and not really doing what I was supposed to be doing. Almost freezing to death on several occasions awakened me to the realities of life. Beyond that, being in a liberal arts college was great for me. I came up there because of Crane, flunked my audition, declared a history major, [then] declared a double major in history and English, and...found out what I wanted to do in life."

Since graduating from Potsdam in 1968, Boyle has written 14 novels and more than 100 short stories.

He's returned to New York many times both in person and in his writing, and says his home state is one of his default locations for setting stories:

"Well, I do think you tend to write about your home turf, to a degree. I write about anything of course...but if it's a story that doesn't have a specific locale in a foreign country, or let's say 'The Inner Circle,' about Alfred C. Kinsey, which takes place in Bloomington, Ind., because that's where the historical figure lived, those stories tend to take place either in New York, and those are my early stories, or now in California because I've lived out here for 35 years now."

More information about SUNY Potsdam's Lougheed Festival of the Arts here. To hear Nora Flaherty's full conversation with TC Boyle, click on "listen."



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