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Remembering Peter Matthiessen

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authorStaff Writer on May 19, 2022

A selection of family readings and discussion to celebrate the life and work of the late author Peter Matthiessen will be held at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, which would have been his 95th birthday. Featuring Matthiessen’s widow, Maria, and children, Luke, Rue and Alex, the program will be a unique opportunity to learn about one of the great writers of our time, with stories told from those who knew him best — and about plans for the creation of the Peter Matthiessen Center as well.

Maria Matthiessen will read an introduction she wrote for him at the Sun Valley Writers Conference and Luke and Rue Matthiessen will read passages from their memoirs that feature their father. Alex will emcee the proceedings.

The event will be held on the portico and front lawn of the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. In the event of rain, the program will take place indoors. Following the readings, an informal reception featuring wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Reserve at info@matthiessencenter.org. The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum is at 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor.

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