When Russell Banks’s acclaimed novel Affliction, which later became a hit film, was published in 1989, the Voice called him a writer that “we, as readers and writers, can actually learn from, whose books help and urge us to change.” Nearly 20 years later, the talented Banks—who will discuss his craft tonight as a part of Hunter College’s Distinguished Writers Series—is still inspiring audiences with his gripping portraits of American life. His 2004 book, The Darling, about a former member of the Weather Underground, is currently being turned into a movie, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Cate Blanchett. At this event, Banks will read from his latest book, The Reserve, a romantic drama set at the height of the Great Depression.

Thu., April 17, 7:30 p.m., 2008