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Patsy Sims, Suzannah Lessard, moderated by Maggie Messitt: The Stories We Tell: Classic True Tales by America’s Greatest Women Journalists

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Patsy Sims’ The Stories We Tell celebrates the work of twenty women who have made major contributions to the cannon of American magazine writing: Madeleine Blais, E. Jean Carroll, Joan Didion, Melissa Fay Greene, Lis Harris, Robin Marantz Henig, Gerri Hirshey, Elizabeth Kaye, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Jill Lepore, Suzannah Lessard, Janet Malcolm, Susan Orlean, Lillian Ross, Susan Sheehan, Gloria Steinem, Mimi Swartz, Joyce Wadler, and Isabel Wilkerson.

The Stories We Tell is part of The Sager Group’s Women in Journalism series, which honors the contributions women have made (and continue to make) to the evolution of graceful literary reportage.

Patsy Sims is the author of three nonfiction books, including The Klan and Can Somebody Shout Amen! Inside the Tents and Tabernacles of American Revivalists, named a noteworthy book of 1988 by The New York Times Book Review. She is also the editor of Literary Nonfiction: Learning by Example and coauthor of the narration for the Academy Award–nominated documentary The Klan: A Legacy of Hate. She directed Goucher College’s MFA program in creative nonfiction from 2001–2014.

Suzannah Lessard is the author of The Architect of Desire: Beauty and Danger in the Stanford White Family, and The Absent Hand: A Meditation on the American Landscape Now, a book-length reportorial essay to be published in 2018.  For twenty years, she was a staff writer at the New Yorker. She is the recipient of the Whiting Award, the Anthony Lukas Award, and was a fellow at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. She is an adjunct lecturer at Goucher College and has taught at the New School since 2003.

Maggie Messitt is the author of The Rainy Season, long-listed for the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award in South Africa, where she was a journalist, editor, and the founding director of a writing school for eight years. She has served as a Storytelling Fellow at UC-Berkeley's Knight Digital Media Center, Kenyon Review Peter Taylor Fellow, Scholar-in-Residence at Bowers Writers House, Ofstad Endowed Writer-in-Residence, and the Creative Nonfiction judge for the 2017 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowships. She teaches in the MFA program at Goucher College and is at work on her next book—a hybrid of investigation and memoir.






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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 7:00pm


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