April 11, 2012
Mary College invites the public to the 2012 Samuel D. Affron
Memorial Lecture, featuring best-selling author Barbara Taylor
The free special event will be Wednesday, April 18 at 7 pm in
Aquinas Hall Theatre on campus, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Immediately following the lecture, a limited number of
Bradford’s latest novel, “Letter from a Stranger,” will be on sale
in the lobby for a book signing. The author will also sign
previously purchased copies of her novels.
Bradford is one of the world's best loved storytellers. Her 1979
debut novel, “A Woman of Substance,” ranks as one of the top 10
bestselling books of all time, with more than 31 million copies in
print. All 26 of her earlier novels have been major worldwide
Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK, she worked in the typing pool
at the Yorkshire Evening Post before going into journalism. By age
20, she was the fashion editor of Woman’s Own Magazine, and an
editor and columnist for the London Evening News.
Bradford's books have sold more than 83 million copies worldwide
in more than 90 countries and 40 languages. Ten of her books have
been made into miniseries and television movies, making her one of
the best-selling authors of women's fiction over the last 30
She was inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and
was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth
II for her contributions to literature. Her original manuscripts
are archived at the Brotherton Library at Leeds University,
alongside the works of the Bronte sisters.
Mount Saint Mary College presented Bradford with an honorary
doctor of letters degree in 2011.
Mrs. Bradford lives in New York City with her husband of 44
years, television producer Robert Bradford. Her official website is
This lecture is made possible through the generosity of the
Affron family. Jerome S. Affron, a former Mount Saint Mary College
trustee, established the Samuel D. Affron Memorial Lecture Series
in honor of his father in 1982.