Women Writers Festival


Location: McKenna Hall Auditorium

Susan Orlean a staff writer for The New Yorker, started her journalism career writing for The Boston Phoenixand The Boston Globe in 1982. Her first book, Red Sox and Bluefish: And Other Things that Make New England New England (1987), collects her pieces from the Globe. She then wrote Saturday Night (1990), a book that chronicles how people across the United States spend Saturday evenings. She has also written the book The Orchid Thief (1998). Orlean and her husband, John Gillespie, an investment banker, live in New York and Boston. They have a red-and-white Welsh springer spaniel named Cooper, with whom Orlean wrote Throw Me a Bone: 50 Healthy, Canine Taste-Tested Recipes for Snacks, Meals, and Treats (2003). Her second collection, My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere was published in 2004. She is currently writing a biography of Rin Tin Tin. 

Sonja Livingston's memoir of poverty, Ghostbread, won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs prize for nonfiction. Livingston’s exploration of her own life as the daughter of an unwed, working-class mother is notable for its formal innovation: it is composed in compressed, intense mini-chapters.  Livingston has won a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, an Iowa Review award, and grants from the Vermont Studio Center and the Deming Fund for women. Her short nonfiction has appeared widely, in such literary venues as AGNI, Gulf Coast, and Southeast Review, and has been anthologized in several texts on writing. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Memphis. 

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