'Crazy Heart' Author to Speak at DCC

 October 26, 2010 – Thomas Cobb, author of the book “Crazy Heart,” will come to Dutchess Community College on Nov. 4 to lecture on his novel, and its adaptation into the 2009 Oscar-winning film. The Lyceum presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre on DCC’s Poughkeepsie campus. The presentation is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.

“Crazy Heart” tells the story of Bad Blake, an aging former country music star long past the prime of his career. He falls for a local newspaper reporter, but his alcoholism and consistent failure at relationships threaten the connection they begin to establish with each other.

In addition to “Crazy Heart,” Cobb is the author of “Bad Dreams” (1986) and “Shavetail” (2008), which was awarded the 2009 Western Writers of America Spur Award for a long novel and the 2009 Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for fiction. He also has authored “Acts of Contrition” (2003), which received the 2002 George Garrett Fiction Prize. Cobb currently is working on his next book, “Blood in Their Eyes.”

For more information, contact DCC English Professor John Desmond at desmond@sunydutchess.edu or (845) 431-8434 .

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Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college that has earned a reputation for providing an outstanding education at the lowest tuition in New York state. Its main campus is in Poughkeepsie, with a satellite campus in Wappingers Falls. For more information, visit www.sunydutchess.edu.