2018 NRGM | Art of Writing Non-fiction: from Memoir to Investigative Inquiry

  • October 18, 2018
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 247 W 36th St 6th Floor, New York, NY 10018
  • 15


  • Free

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Celebrate National Reading Group Month with a panel featuring authors of non-fiction works! They will discuss their writing process and how they approach non-fiction, from memoirs to investigative journalism. The panelists will be:

Michelle Gadsden-Williams, CLIMB
Joyce Maynard, THE BEST OF US
Sarah Weinman, THE REAL LOLITA
Moderator: Rosalind Reisner, WOMEN IN THE LITERARY LANDSCAPE

If you’ve ever wondered about the non-fiction writing process—researching, collecting interviews, choosing what to include—then this WNBA/National Reading Group Month panel has answers! The panelists will be Michelle Gadsden-Williams, whose book CLIMB offers pragmatic solutions to women in corporate America, Joyce Maynard, whose memoir THE BEST OF US charts the course of a whirlwind romance beginning in her late fifties and ending in tragedy, and Sarah Weinman, whose recently released THE REAL LOLITA explores the inspiration for Nabokov’s novel and affirms the stories of girls and women who never had the chance to speak for themselves.

Wine and refreshments will be available to enjoy before and after the panel, and a bookseller will be in attendance. This event is free for WNBA members! Non-members are welcome with a registration fee of $10.

MICHELLE GADSDEN-WILLIAMS is an award-winning global diversity expert, activist, philanthropist, and the managing director and North American inclusion and diversity lead at Accenture. She has more than twenty-five years of experience working in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical, financial, and professional services industries. She has held positions of global responsibility for corporations such as Credit Suisse, Novartis, and Merck & Co. She serves on several boards including the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Lupus Research Alliance, and the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Gadsden-Williams has a BA in communications with a minor in marketing from Kean College, and an MS in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in New York City with her husband, David Jamal Williams.

JOYCE MAYNARD is the author of several books including the novels To Die For and Labor Day (both adapted for film) and the bestselling memoir At Home in the World. Her essays and columns have appeared in dozens of publications and numerous collections. She is the founder of the Lake Atitlan Writers' Workshop. Visit her at joycemaynard.com.

SARAH WEINMAN is the editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (Library of America) and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives (Penguin). She covers book publishing for Publishers Marketplace, and has written for the New York Times, the New Republic, the Guardian, and Buzzfeed, among other outlets. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

ROSALIND REISNER is a librarian and the author of Read On...Life Stories: Reading Lists for Every Taste, a book about the memoir genre. and most recently co-editor and contributing author to Women in the Literary Landscape: A WNBA Centennial Publication (2017, C&R Press). She has worked in public, academic, and synagogue libraries. From 2010-2014 she chaired the reading committee for the Great Group Reads list of National Reading Group Month titles. Rosalind speaks and writes about Jewish American literature, Readers’ Advisory services, and books for book groups. Her website/blog, http://areadersplace.net is a resource for fiction and nonfiction.

WNBA-NYC NRGM 2018.pdf

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