Veteran Chautauqua lecturer and three-time CLSC author Roger Rosenblatt presents his upcoming book, Making Toast: A Family Story, a memoir of a family finding ways to cope with the loss of a daughter, wife and mother, on July 1. Renowned author E. L. Doctorow called Making Toast "a painfully beautiful memoir telling how grandparents are made over into parents, how people die out of order, how time goes backwards."
The late William Safire of The New York Times wrote that Rosenblatt's work represents "some of the most profound and stylish writing in America today." His television essays for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS and essays for Time magazine have won multiple awards.
Rosenblatt has worked as a literary editor of The New Republic, a columnist and editor at large for Life magazine, the editor of U.S. News & World Report, a columnist and editorial board member of The Washington Post and editor-at large of Time Inc. He is a member of the English faculty at Stony Brook University.
Roger Rosenblatt is a journalist, author, playwright, and teacher. William Safire of the New York Times wrote that his work represents "some of the most profound and stylish writing in America today." His television essays for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS have won a Peabody and an Emmy award. His essays for TIME magazine have won two George Polk Awards, awards from the American Bar Association, the Overseas Press Club, and others.
Rosenblatt's journalism career began in 1975 as literary editor of The New Republic. He has also been a columnist and editor-at-large for Life magazine, the editor of U.S. News & World Report, a columnist and editorial board member of The Washington Post and editor-at-large of TIME, Inc. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Esquire and elsewhere.
He is the author of ten books, including a collection of his writings, The Man in the Water, Coming Apart: A Memoir of the Harvard Wars of 1969, and the national bestseller, Rules for Aging. His book Children of War (1983) won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent book, Lapham Rising (2006), his first novel, was loosely based on the lecture he delivered on major trends of the 20th century at Chautauqua in 2004.
Rosenblatt is currently a professor in the English department at Stony Brook University, where he teaches in the writing program at Stony Brook Southampton. He was most recently the Edward R. Murrow Visiting Professor of the Practice of the Press and Public Policy at Harvard University and held the Parsons Family Chair at the Southampton graduate campus of Long Island University.