Literary World pays Tribute to Evan Hunter, aka Ed McBain
Club was the setting for the March 12th Eighth Anniversary celebration
dinner of Marymount Manhattan College’s renowned Writing Center.
Director Lewis Burke Frumkes, author and host of the Lewis Burke
Frumkes Show on WPAT, gathered an admixture of the best writers
in town with the most important players in town to thank them
all for their patronage. Guest of honor was Evan Hunter, aka Ed
McBain, who spoke for the first time of his recent bout with throat
cancer from which he is recovering. His short talk was by turns
hilarious, brave, intelligent and inspiring. The crowd, consisting
of President of Marymount, Judson Shaver, and writers, Mary and
Carol Higgins Clark, Nelson DeMille, Roy Blount, Jr., Lawrence
Block, Gay and Nan Talese, Daphne Merkin, Nicola Kraus, and Emma
McLaughlin (the nannies from the “Nanny Diaries”), Ben Cheever,
National Book Award winner Julia Glass, Cynthia Ozick, Bel Kaufman,
Grace Mirabella, Tama Janowitz, Alan Furst, and many others, gave
Hunter a standing ovation. Among patrons enjoying the evening
could be seen Mortimer and Mimi Levitt, Tina Flaherty, Richard
and Iris Abrons, Virginia Mailman, Jeanette and Alex Sanger, Rosalind
Whitehead, James and Nancy Berry-Hill, Jones Yorke and Betsy Bartlett,
Eugene and Terry Lang, and Karen Harp. Hunter exhorted everyone
to find their voices, and use them. There is nothing more precious
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