"A Biographer's Journey: The Challenges and Rewards of Rediscovering Samuel M. Steward and His Archive"

In his keynote address, Justin Spring will discuss the evolution of his award-winning book, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade (2010), from tracking down the archive to presentation of the archive at the Museum of Sex in New York City.

Spring (secrethistorian.comis a New York-based writer on 20th-century American art and culture whose previous books include the biography Fairfield Porter:  A Life in Art (Yale, 2000) and the monograph Paul Cadmus:  The Male Nude (Universe/Rizzoli, 2002).  He has been the recipient of a number of prizes, fellowships, and awards, including a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship.  His SECRET HISTORIAN is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a 2010 National Book Award Finalist, a Top 10 Biography of the Year on Amazon, an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book for 2011, a runner-up for the PEN American Center’s Weld Prize for Distinguished Biography, and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award in Biography; the Randy Shilts Prize for Gay Non-Fiction; and the Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Prize of the National Leather Association.  It's also an ARTFORUM Top 10 of 2010 pick and a Top 10 Book of the Year in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Time & Place: time tba; Faculty Club, Main Dining Room; 181 S. Oval Drive.

Justin Spring on WOSU's Writer's Talk (November 2010)