Notre Dame Women Writers Festival


Location: McKenna Hall Auditorium

You are cordially invited to attend the 2011 Notre Dame Women Writers Festival. This year, the focus is on nonfiction and its interplay with journalism, biography, memoir, fiction, and film. The subjects range from poverty, immigration, and gender to orchid thieves, the body, and Rin Tin Tin.

The writers are MacArthur ‘genius’ Grant winner Edwidge Danticat, whose Brother, I’m Dying, a wrenching account of her elderly uncle’s death while in the custody of U.S. Immigration, won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Susan Orlean, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Orchid Thief, the basis for the film Adaptation; Jenny Boully, poet and experimental essayist, whose prizewinning The Body: an Essay is widely taught; and Sonja Livingston, author of Ghostbread, a memoir of poverty awarded the AWP Nonfiction Prize from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

The festival will run from Monday, March 28, 2011, until Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

Schedule of Events

Monday, March 28, 2011

7:30 p.m. – Readings by Edwidge Danticat and Jenny Boully
McKenna Hall Auditorium

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

2:00 p.m. – Nonfiction panel with Danticat, Boully, Orlean, and Livingston
100 McKenna Hall

7:30 p.m. – Readings by Susan Orlean and Sonja Livingston
100 McKenna Hall

For more information and author biographies, visit the Gender Studies Program website.