Author, actress, social critic and humorist Fran Lebowitz will be the featured speaker for the Lackawanna County Library System's fourth annual American Masters Lecture, on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Scranton Cultural Center.
Some people may be familiar with Lebowitz's conversational style from her frequent appearances on television talk shows, and that's the format she has chosen for her Scranton appearance, which will open with questions from a local interviewer followed by questions from the audience.
This unconventional approach seems to fit Lebowitz, who is frequently compared to the late Dorothy Parker, another American icon of wit and clever observations.
Collections of her remarks, such as, All God's children are not beautiful. Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable, are available on the internet, which has helped to spread her fame.
That fame rests on a diverse and unusual career. A high school dropout, the New Jersey native went to New York as a teenager and worked for a number of minor publications. Her work was noticed by Andy Warhol, who hired her to work for his magazine, Interview. There her quirky style and witty observations drew readers and led to collections of her work being published in book form.
She once admitted that her truncated education causes problems with her writing. I still have trouble with punctuation, she said. For a long time, I kept a list of people who went to Catholic grammar schools to help me with punctuation.
For many years, Lebowitz had a recurring role as a judge on the long-running NBC show, Law & Order.
She is also widely recognized from her numerous appearances on television talk shows, especially Late Night with David Letterman. It is in such venues that she delivers the sharp one-liners that helped make her famous.
We are extremely pleased to be able to present an icon of American culture as our speaker this year, said Mary Garm, Library System administrator. Fran Lebowitz will appeal to people who enjoy lively conversation and sharp wit.
Tickets for the event can be obtained by showing a library card at any Lackawanna County Library System library or the Scranton Cultural Center box office.