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Sight Reading

The American Hungarian Library and Historical Society and Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center proudly present a magical literary and musical evening with acclaimed novelist Daphne Kalotay (Sight Reading) and award-winning pianist Júlia Hámos on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Hungarian House (213 East 82nd Street New York, NY 10028, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) 

The Hungarian Library is pleased to welcome back acclaimed novelist Daphne Kalotay and award-winning pianist Júlia Hámos for a collaborative evening of literature and music. Kalotay, author of the international bestseller Russian Winter, will read from her new novel, Sight Reading—“a fictive musical and familial feast” (Booklist, starred review)—and Hámos, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, who has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31, Opus 110. The event is open to the public. Book signing and reception to follow.Daphne Kalotay is a second-generation American whose father was born and raised in Hungary. A recipient of fellowships from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo, Daphne holds an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Modern & Contemporary Literature from Boston University. Her fiction collection, Calamity and Other Stories (Doubleday) was short listed for the 2005 Story Prize, and her award-winning debut novel, Russian Winter (HarperCollins, 2011) has been published in 21 foreign editions. Her newest novel is Sight Reading (Harper, 2013). Currently co-president of the Boston chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, Daphne lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Hungarian-American pianist Júlia Hámos was born in New York City and has been performing since the age of five. In 2004 she began studying at The Juilliard School. In 2009 she moved to London, where she studied with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music. She is continuing her studies in the Masters Program at the Mannes College of Music with Richard Goode. Júlia has performed at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Weill Hall, and Carnegie Hall; in Washington D.C. at the Hungarian Embassy and on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center, as well as in cities across Europe and Canada. In 2013, she joined the faculty of The Piano School in New York.
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