Novelist Katharine McGee '10 will lead a talk with alumni writers about their path to publication, the challenges they encountered and the important tips and strategies they can offer students and alumni interested in launching writing careers.
- Anne Anlin Cheng '85, Author and Princeton Professor of English
- Carlos Fonseca *15 Novelist
- Jodi Picoult '87 Novelist
Advance registration is required and registration closes on 7/20 at 5 p.m. EST. The Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event.
This event is part of the Arts at Work program, which is designed to provide Princetonians a supportive arts and creative community and opportunities to learn about the realities of life and work in various creative fields.
Co-presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts.
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Anne Anlin Cheng ‘85 is Professor of English, and affiliated faculty in the Program in American Studies, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Committee on Film Studies. She is an interdisciplinary and comparative race scholar who focuses on the uneasy intersection between politics and aesthetics, drawing from literary theory, race and gender studies, film and architectural theory, legal studies, psychoanalysis, and critical food studies. She works primarily with twentieth-century American literature and visual culture with special focus on Asian American and African American literatures. She is the author of The Melancholy of Race: Psychoanalysis, Assimilation, and Hidden Grief; Second Skin: Josephine Baker and the Modern Surface; and, most recently, Ornamentalism. Her work has appeared in journals such as Critical Inquiry, Representations, PMLA, Camera Obscura, Differences, among others. She is also a contributor to New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Huffington Post.
Carlos Fonseca *15 is Costa Rican-Puerto Rican writer. He is the author of the novels Colonel Lágrimas (Restless Books) and Natural History (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), both translated by Megan Mcdowell. He was selected as one of the top young Latin American authors as part of Hay Festival’s Bogotá 39 list and by Granta Magazine in their recent Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists issue. He teaches at Trinity College, Cambridge, and lives in London.
Jodi Picoult '87 is the #1 bestselling author of twenty-six novels including My Sister's Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, The Storyteller, Leaving Time, Small Great Things, A Spark of Light, and The Book of Two Ways. Her newest novel, Wish You Were Here, will be published on November 30, 2021.
Picoult’s books have been translated into thirty-four languages in thirty-five countries. Four novels – The Pact, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle, and Salem Falls - have been made into television movies. My Sister’s Keeper was a film released from New Line Cinema, starring Cameron Diaz. A Spark of Light is being adapted into a limited series by Sony Pictures TV, starring Joey King, and for which Picoult will serve as an Executive Producer.
Picoult’s two Young Adult novels Between the Lines and Off the Page, co-written with her daughter Samantha Van Leer, have been adapted and developed by the authors into a musical entitled Between The Lines. She is also the co-librettist of the musical, Breathe, which premiered in summer 2021.
Picoult is the recipient of many awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, the Alex Awards from the YALSA, a lifetime achievement award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America, the NH Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit and esteemed Sarah Josepha Hale Award. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of New Haven. She is also a member of the advisory board for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She is a patron of the Carole Shields Prize for Fiction which is awarded to female fiction writers.
Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband. They have three children.
Katharine McGee '10 is the New York Times bestselling author of the American Royals series and the Thousandth Floor trilogy. She studied English and French literature at Princeton and has an MBA from Stanford. Katharine’s novels draw upon a theme she first explored in her undergraduate thesis, where she discussed the appetite for historical fiction in America, and wondered why stories about royal families are perennially fascinating. She lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her husband and son.