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. at the Scranton Cultural Center.
Attendees might be familiar with Lebowitz's conversational style from her frequent appearances on television talk shows, which is the format she has chosen for her Scranton appearance, opening with questions from a local interviewer followed by questions from the audience.
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.
A high school dropout, the New Jersey native went to New York as a teenager and worked for a number of minor publications. Lebowitz's work was noticed by Andy Warhol, who hired her to work for his magazine, Interview. There, her style and 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 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."
The American Masters Lecture is part of the Library System's Matthew F. Flynn Library Lecture Series. It was established by a group of community-minded individuals who wanted to support the tradition of presenting important speakers in the community.
Among those providing grants and gifts in support of the American Masters Lecture are Scranton Area Foundation, the Briggs Foundation and Wayne Bank.
Ongoing funding for the Lecture Series is supported by the Lackawanna County Office of Arts and Culture.
It is part of the art, literature and performance collaboration of the Lackawanna County Library System, the Scranton Cultural Center and the Everhart Museum.