‘Game of Thrones’ co-creator to appear at SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO — “Game of Thrones” co-creator David Benioff, author of the 2012-13 Oswego Reading Initiative selection “City of Thieves,” will make a free public appearance at 7 p.m. April 24, in SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center arena.

Benioff is an American novelist, screenwriter and television producer who has written numerous screenplays, including “The Kite Runner” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

David Benioff
David Benioff

He co-created HBO’s “Game of Thrones” with D.B. Weiss and is as an executive producer for the series, recently renewed for seasons 3 and 4.

At the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, “Game of Thrones” picked up six Emmy Awards, including best costumes and best visual effects.

“We think that perhaps because of the multitude of dimensions that he (Benioff) brings to the table, it is not bad to make sure that not only the book and his intents in writing different aspects of it are covered, but also people have a chance to ask questions about the other things he has done or is involved in,” said SUNY Oswego Associate Provost Rameen Mohammadi, who chairs the annual ORI program.

Tim Nekritz, the college’s associate director of public affairs and director of web communication, will moderate the event, featuring an interview-style format with a question-and-answer session.

‘Ingenious plot’

The ORI committee chose Benioff’s novel, set in Russia during World War II, for a number of reasons, according to Mohammadi.

“I think, one, it does have a coming-of-age characteristic to it because the main character is a young Jewish boy who is in St. Petersburg at the time when the Germans had surrounded the city,” Mohammadi said.

The book confronts issues such as food rationing and the difficulties of fighting for one’s life on a daily basis, but also shows the main character trying to figure out who he is and how he learns about himself throughout the novel.

A New York Times Sunday book review said, “In fact, the novel tells a refreshingly traditional tale, driven by an often ingenious plot.”

Parking for the arena event is free in Lot 18, the rear half of the lot south of Hart and Funnelle halls, and Lot 32, the large commuter lot south of Lot 18.

Benioff will make a second free public appearance in the Campus Center auditorium at 3 p.m. April 24, with a special invitation for students in the creative writing and cinema and screen studies programs.

Parking on campus for the daytime event is $1. See oswego.edu/administration/parking for information.