Newburyport native Kate Bolick returns to discuss her bestselling cultural memoir, Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own, and how, to her surprise, her hometown -- specifically, the house she grew up in (on Court Street), the home of Edna St. Vincent Millay (on Lime Street), and the Pink House on the road to Plum Island -- came to play an enormous role in the book.
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Parallel Lives: Ever since Plutarch, some biographers have chosen to track the lives of several subjects in a single volume. In a panel moderated by Josh Kendall, authors Alex Beam, Kate Bolick, and James McGrath Morris will discuss both the narrative challenges and the unique opportunities for illumination that such biographical works offer. Register here.
SPECIAL EVENT! An onstage conversation with filmmaker/director & fellow Newburyport native Nikole Beckwith about her first feature film, STOCKHOLM, PENNSYLVANIA. The movie had its US premiere at Sundance 2015 and its European premiere at the Stockholm International Film Festival 2015. It was then sold to Lifetime cable TV and was broadcast nationally.
Starring Academy Award and Golden Globe nominees Cynthia Nixon (Sex And The City) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Atonement) and Golden Globe nominee Jason Issacs (Harry Potter, The State Within) STOCKHOLM, PENNSYLVANIA tells the story of Leia. She was abducted 17 years ago and is only now returning to her biological parents. She must confront the disparity between the world she was raised in and the world she finds herself in. Her mother Marcy is struggling with new sudden motherhood and the fear that her daughter is lost to her somehow forever. The women wrestle with understanding each other. Marcy becomes increasingly set on getting Leia back by any means necessary.
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To inaugurate the sixth edition of the Primera Persona Festival, Kate Bolick, author of Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own (Malpaso, 2016), talks with Anna Gabriel, social educator, professor of law, and the most visible face of the CUP in the Catalan Parliament. Language: English and Catalan with simultaneous translation. More information here.
MISS INDEPENDENT: Join Kate Bolick, Rebecca Traister, author of All the Single Ladies, and Marianne Schnall, co-founder of Feminist.com and author of What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?, in an "evening of debate and demystification" about the roles of women in the modern world. Free and open to the public. More information here.
Please join me at the Bank Street Theater for "Spinsters on Stage," a night of staged readings of three century-old one-act plays questioning the primacy of marriage, written by three of the women I feature in Spinster -- Neith Boyce, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. The works will be read aloud by an ****ALL-STAR**** cast of contemporary writers: Nikole Beckwith, Alex Gallafent, Alexandra Jacobs, Glenn Kenny, Sadie Stein, Troy Patterson, and Seth Colter Walls. Free and open to the public! Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early.
Come celebrate the paperback release of Spinster! I'll be discussing the book, from conception to aftermath, with Meghan Daum, editor of the New York Times bestselling anthology Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision NOT to Have Kids, and author of many books, most recently The Unspeakable. Free and open to the public. More info here.
Onstage interview with novelist and screenwriter Richard Russo, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls and six other novels, plus the story collection The Whore's Child and the memoir Elsewhere. More information here.
Onstage interview with Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum, author of the essay collections My Misspent Youth and The Unspeakable, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and the memoir Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House, as well as editor of Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids. More information here.
Onstage interview with Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, author of Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy, the novel High Cotton, and, in the Alan Locke Lecture Series, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. He's also the editor James Baldwin: Later Novels, forthcoming in September 2015 from the Library of America. More information here.