In honor of its Centennial, The Ellis School is proud to sponsor a four-part speaker series featuring accomplished female authors.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Judy Blume is the iconic, New York Times #1 best-selling author of Summer Sisters, ground-breaking young adult classics such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and the beloved middle grade Fudge series. In her newest novel, In the Unlikely Event, Blume creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.
Sunday, September 18, 2016 Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood memories and feelings. Many are written about contemporary problems or events. All of Ann's characters, even the members of the Baby-sitters Club, are made up. But many of her characters are based on real people. Sometimes Ann names her characters after people she knows, and other times she simply chooses names that she likes.
Friday, October 7, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. Ann Patchett is the author of six novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, and State of Wonder. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer, Lucy Grealy, What now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College, and, most recently, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays that examines the theme of commitment.
Monday, November 14, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. Diane Rehm has hosted The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, D.C.—distributed by NPR—since 1979; the show has a weekly listening audience of two and a half million. Currently, it is broadcast on nearly two hundred stations and Sirius Satellite Radio across the country, as well as internationally by Armed Forces Radio Network.