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Meg Wolitzer in Conversation with Bethanne Patrick '85
New York Times best-selling novelist Meg Wolitzer will talk about her work, her time at Smith and the influence of Sylvia Plath. Wolitzer studied creative writing at Smith and went on to graduate from Brown University in 1981. She published her first novel - a story of three college women obsessed with poetry and death - the following year. Since then, Wolitzer has produced a steady succession of novels, all critically acclaimed, often exploring themes of gender and identity; novels like The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position and The Wife (currently in film production starring Glen Close and Jonathan Pryce.)
Two other films have been based on her work; This Is My Life, scripted and directed by Nora Ephron, and the 2006 TV movie Surrender, Dorothy, starring Diane Keaton. Her 2014 YA novel Belzhar has also garnered excellent reviews like this from Teen Vogue.com: “Basically everything Meg Wolitzer writes is worth reading, usually over and over again, and her YA debut . . . is no exception.” Wolitzer’s short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize.
Over the past decade Wolitzer has taught writing at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton's MFA program in Creative Writing, the Southampton Writers Conference and the Florence Writers Workshop. She has also taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and at Skidmore College. A book signing will follow.