Hotchner’s memoirs

A.E. Hotchner (right) visited Olin Library Oct. 17 to read an excerpt from “The Boyhood Memoirs of A.E. Hotchner” and also signed autographs for interested audience members such as Dara Malina (left), a senior in Arts & Sciences. Also speaking at the event were Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton; Edward S. Macias, Ph.D., executive vice chancellor, dean of Arts & Sciences and the Barbara and David Thomas Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences; and Shirley K. Baker, vice chancellor for scholarly resources and dean of libraries. Hotchner, an Arts & Sciences and School of Law alumnus, is a renowned author, playwright and editor. As a student, Hotchner participated in a playwriting competition, placing ahead of classmate Tennessee Williams. Years later, Hotchner helped reinstate the competition as the annual A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival. The Performing Arts Department’s black box theater is named in his honor.