Author Discussion Planned for Alumni Weekend At Centenary

Members of the community are invited to attend a free presentation about author Katharine Brush, a 1917 graduate, during the 150th anniversary celebration of Alumni & Family Weekend.

This discussion will be conducted by blogger Jonathan Matthews, at 1 p.m. on Oct. 7, in the George H. Whitney Chapel. There will be a reception following the event in the Front Parlours of the Edward W. Seay Administration Building at 2 p.m. This event was made possible by the staff of the Taylor Memorial Library.

Katharine Brush ’17 graduated 100 years ago from Centenary Collegiate Institute as Katharine “Casey” Ingham. She later became Katharine Brush and embarked on a writing career which included articles for women’s magazines, short stories and books that were later made into successful movies. Brush covered many types of events that ranged from boxing matches to beauty pageants early in her career. Her short fiction was published in the leading literary magazines of the day, including The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Collier’s and The New Yorker. Her short story, “Night Club,” caused a literary sensation when it appeared in Harper’s Magazine 90 years ago, in September 1927. She was nominated several times for the O. Henry Award, and won “best short short” in 1929 for Him and Her.
She wrote seven novels and was at work on an eighth book when she died.

Matthews’ talk, “Kay and Me,” shares his personal story of the re-discovery of a long-forgotten Jazz Age novelist. He discusses how the wise-cracking daughter of a prim New England headmaster became a leading luminary in the literary and motion picture worlds, one whose dazzling light burned alongside of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jean Harlow; and, like theirs, was extinguished tragically way too soon.

“I am so pleased to speak at Centenary University about one of my favorite authors,” said Matthews. “The timing of this opportunity is quite significant as it is during a milestone for Katharine, as well as the institution.”

For more information, call (908) 852-1400, ext. 2244.

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