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Memoirist Robert Leleux to speak at Flagler College

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September 22, 2011

On Oct. 13, Flagler College will host writer Robert Leleux, whose coming-of-age memoir, "The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy," has been hailed as "wickedly funny and tender" by The Seattle Times. Leleux will read and sign books at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street, at 7 p.m. The presentation is part of a new college series, "Ideas and Images: Scholars and Artists in Residence."

Robert Leleux's essays and articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country, including the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, and the Utne Reader. He writes the "Tex in the City" column for the Texas Observer and the "History of Style" column for Lonny Magazine, where he is features editor. Leleux is the author of "The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy," a comedy about the end of his teenage years and his parents' messy divorce. His newest book, "The Living End," will be published by St. Martin's Press in winter, 2012. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.

Critics have raved about "The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy." Janet Maslin of The New York Times called the book, "Head-tossing, high-strung comedy ..." "If David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs combined their talents, they might come up with something to match Robert Leleux's mesmerizing memoir," wrote

"Ideas and Images: Scholars and Artists in Residence" is a new program at Flagler College. Throughout the academic season the college will feature an international composition of artists and authors, introducing a fresh and creative component to the greater St. Augustine community. Each event is free and open to the public. Call (904) 819-6282 or visit for more information.

Upcoming presentations in the "Ideas and Images" series include:

  • Jan. 12, 2012 - Mark Ruwedel and Chris Balaschak - A Conversation Between the Artist and the Art Historian
  • February 2, 2012 - Fiction Writer and Essayist John Domini