CCC's Walter R. Smith Visiting Scholar Series to Host Author Michael Capuzzo

Michael Capuzo discusses Holmes, Watson, and the Perfect Murder

Corning Community College’s Walter R. Smith Visiting Scholar Series will host author Michael Capuzzo on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in the Triangle Lounge, Commons Building, Spencer Hill campus, Corning, NY, as he presents, “Holmes, Watson, and The Perfect Murder.”

Michael Capuzzo is the author of two critically acclaimed New York Times bestsellers, The Murder Room and Close to Shore, and a six-time Pulitzer nominated journalist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Close to Shore, a nonfiction historical thriller of the 1916 shark attack that inspired Jaws, was a People Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year and “belongs on the shelf with the adventure classics,” according to The New Yorker, with “artistry reminiscent of Stephen Crane.” The book was recently optioned by director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook). The Murder Room, the true story of a forensic psychologist known as the “living Sherlock Holmes” and a private detective club in Philadelphia, was recently optioned by CBS Television Studios and the producers of CSI.

Both The Murder Room and Close to Shore were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction and the National Book Award. Mike was also nominated four times for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism and has won more than 75 writing awards as a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Miami Herald, for stories in national magazines such as Esquire and Sports Illustrated, and for the magazine, Mountain Home, that he and his wife publish in upstate New York and Pennsylvania from their home of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and also has a Master in Fine Arts in nonfiction writing from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Mike has appeared on the Today Show, CBS News, O’Reilly Factor, NPR’s Fresh Air, and Talk of the Nation.

The Walter R. Smith Visiting Scholar Series is in its ninth year of bringing notable speakers to Corning. The mission of the Series is to stimulate thought and encourage discussion around a broad range of topics including the arts, politics, science, history, nature, and contemporary culture. Past presenters include Amory Houghton, Jr., Former New York State Congressman; Dr. Tina Packer, artistic director of Shakespeare & Company; Dr. Virginia Trimble, professor of Astronomy, History of Science, and Scientometrics at University of California, Irvine; Jeff Shaara, author; Alison Lurie, Pulitzer Prize winning author; Dr. Nelson Lankford, historian and author; Dr. Steven Squyres, Mars Rover scientist; Dr. William Danko, co-author of The Millionaire Next Door; Dr. David Orr, sustainability expert at Oberlin College; Dr. Sheila Ann Dean, author of Charles Darwin: After the Origin; Rebecca Penneys, accomplished pianist, orchestral soloist, and educator; Erik Larson, New York Times Best Selling author; Carl T. Hayden, chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees and former chancellor of the Elmira City School District Board of Education; Dr. Paul McEuen, nanotechnology expert and published author; Dr. William Stein, renown Paleoecology specialist; Dr. Louis Hyman, Cornell University professor and author of “Borrow: The American Way of Debt;” and Mr. Curt Smith, presidential speechwriter.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Michele Wilson at 607-962-9458 or via email at michelew@corning-cc.edu.