Tuesday September 25, 2012

KINDERHOOK, N.Y. -- On Saturday, the Columbia County Historical Society will present its First Biographers Festival as part of its ongoing Distinguished Author Series.

The event will be headlined with a 1 p.m. lecture "Adventures of an Outlaw: a Biographer at Work," given by one of America's "most distinguished and prolific biographers," Carl Rollyson (Norman Mailer, Marilyn Monroe, Sylvia Plath). He has published more than 40 books and has written more than 500 articles. Learn more about him at his website, www.carlrollyson.com.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Dutch Reformed Church, 21 Broad St., Kinderhook.

After the talk, six other biographers will join Rollyson for a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception and a panel discussion in the music room of the Nathan Wild House, 3007 Main St., in Valatie, N.Y. Admission for the reception with biographers is $35 per person.

Kate Buford (Burt Lancaster), Betty Boyd Caroli (America's First Ladies), and Justin Martin (Frederick Law Olmsted) will present a brief panel discussion on their personal experiences with their subjects.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.cchsny.org or call (518) 758-9265.