Memoir: What's Life All About: Dani Shapiro, Meredith Maran and Amy Thielen in conversation with Sharon Pomerantz
These memoirs affirm, delight and inspire. In “Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage,” Dani Shapiro reckons with the elasticity of marriage and memory. The author of previous memoirs and five novels, her work has appeared in The New Yorker and Vogue, and she is a cofounder of Sirenland Writers Conference. Meredith Maran has written more than a dozen books, including most recently “The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention,” about remaking herself past age 60. She is also the editor of “Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature,” a compendium of insights into the philosophical questions of memoir, as well as wisdom about the craft. In "Give a Girl a Knife" Amy Thielen, contributing editor at "Saveur,” chronicles her journey from rural Minnesota to the red-hot center of the Manhattan dining scene, and back again. She is also the author of the cookbook "The New Midwestern Table," which won the James Beard Award for American Cooking. Moderator of this conversation is fiction writer Sharon Pomerantz, whose debut novel “Rich Boy” won the National Jewish Book Award.
Sunday, June 11, 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Jones College Prep/4th Floor/4038
DANI SHAPIRO is the author of four nonfiction memoirs and five novels. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, The New York Times, among others. She has taught at four university writing programs; she is cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference. Shapiro lives with her family in Connecticut.
Like many women her age, MEREDITH MARAN has a hard time believing she’s a woman her age. And yet she’s published more than a dozen books, including The New Old Me and Why We Write About Ourselves. Meredith lives in a Silver Lake bungalow that’s even older than she is.
AMY THIELEN is the author of the memoir "Give a Girl a Knife" and the cookbook "The New Midwestern Table," which won the James Beard Award for American Cooking. She also hosted the James Beard-nominated Heartland Table on Food Network and is a contributing editor at "Saveur." More at amythielen.com.
Sharon Pomerantz (Moderator)
Sharon Pomerantz’s first novel Rich Boy was a 2011 winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and an Entertainment Weekly and Booklist Best of the Year pick. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and in Best American Short Stories. She's at work on her second novel.