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Bronxville Conservancy Offers Salem Witch Trials Lecture

Stacy Schiff, author of "The Witches: Salem, 1692" will give a lecture April 15 at Sarah Lawrence College.
Stacy Schiff, author of "The Witches: Salem, 1692" will give a lecture April 15 at Sarah Lawrence College. Photo Credit: Stacy Schiff on Facebook

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- The Bronxville Historical Conservancy will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and best-selling author Stacy Schiff at the 2016 Annual Brendan Gill Lecture on April 15 at 8 p.m. in Reisinger Auditorium at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville.

Schiff will discuss: "The Salem Witch Trials: What Really Happened and Why It Matters in 21st Century America."

This free program includes a reception with the author immediately following the presentation.

Schiff is the author of "Véra" (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; "Saint- Exupéry," a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and "A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America," winner of the George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies, and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français d’Amérique.

All three were New York Times Notable Books; the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Chicago Tribune, and The Economist also named "A Great Improvisation" a Best Book of the Year.

"Cleopatra: A Life" was published to great acclaim in 2010. Her fourth, and most recent book, "The Witches, Salem, 1692," immediately climbed to a number of must-read book lists, including USA Today’s Top 10 Books of 2015.

Now in its eighteenth year, the Brendan Gill Lecture was established as a gift to the larger Bronxville community to increase awareness of the village’s history and appreciation of its rich culture.

The annual lecture honors former Bronxville resident, Brendan Gill, who was called by architecture critic Paul Goldberger “the greatest public citizen of our time in the realm of architecture, planning, and historic preservation.”

Register for the lecture at or call (914)961-6790.

Sarah Lawrence College is located at 1 Mead Way, Bronxville.

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