Renowned novelist, mentor, Frederic Tuten returns to CCNY for Oct. 15 reading

City College of New York literary luminaries Oscar Hijuelos ’75, ’84MA; Walter Mosley ’91MA, and Ernesto Quiñonez ’96, ’06MA; had a common link during their respective years at CCNY before embarking on highly successful writing careers: mentor and 1959 alumnus Frederic Tuten.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Tuten, an award-winning novelist, short story writer and critic, returns to City College for a reading and conversation with Quiñonez. Tuten will read from his latest book, “My Young Life: A Memoir” (Simon & Schuster, 2019) in Shepard Hall room 250.

The event, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., is presented by the CCNY Division of Humanities and the Arts’ MFA in Creative Writing Program that Tuten co-founded and headed for 15 years.  It is free and open to the public.  

 In addition to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Hijuelos – who died in 2013; Mosley and Quiñonez, some of the other renowned writers mentored by Tuten include:

•    Salar Abdoh;
•    Chiara Barzini;
•     Amanda Filipacchi;
•    Philip Graham;
•     Aurelie Sheehan; and
•     Iris Smyles.

 Tuten is the author of five novels and a book of inter-related short stories. Click here for a complete bibliography.

His writing has earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction and he was the recipient of the Award for Distinguished Writing from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He’s also been awarded three Pushcart Prizes and one O. Henry Prize. Click here for his biography.

Tuten said of his time at CCNY: “Nothing in my life has been as profound in my formation as my being an undergraduate student at City College. I was so in love with City College I never wanted to leave, and so I didn’t, and taught there for more than thirty years. It has been central to my thinking and writing. And I still feel my deep indebtedness to the college.”

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