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Finding Our Voices, Telling Our Stories

March 19, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Moderated Discussion with Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Veronica Chambers and Anastasia Stanmeyer

This is part of the $55 afternoon sessions package, and the All-day package for $95.
$55 morning session, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., includes brunch and Ruth Reichl talk at Eat on North
$55 afternoon sessions, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., includes reception with cash bar
All-day rate, $95
For registration information, visit Hotel on North, March 19 Tickets

Berkshire Magazine editor Anastasia Stanmeyer talks with prolific book authors Veronica Chambers and Letty Cottin Pogrebin about writing, publishing, feminism, and activism. This intimate dialogue with two powerhouse writers will focus on how to survive, and even flourish, as a writer in an increasingly impersonal publishing world. They will reminisce about the projects that have been most meaningful to them —from the creation of Ms. magazine and Free to Be, You and Me for Letty, to Bitch in the House and Mommy Wars for Veronica. Their conversation will also cover how publishing has changed, for better and for worse; how an idea can be developed into a successful article or book; and how to stand out as a commanding voice in a glutted literary marketplace. They will also explore how their feminist ideologies and their respective ethnic identities have informed their work and careers, and will offer candid advice and insight into the world of magazine, newspaper, and book publishing.

VeronicaChambersWebVeronica Chambers
is best known for her critically acclaimed memoir Mama’s Girl and Yes, Chef which she co-authored with Marcus Samuelsson. Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, her work often reflects her Afro-Latina heritage. Along with writing more than a dozen books for children and teens, Chambers has contributed to several anthologies, including the bestselling Bitch in the House and Mommy Wars. A graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, she has been the recipient of several awards including the Hodder Fellowship for Emerging Novelists at Princeton University and a National Endowment for the Arts fiction award. She lives with her husband and daughter in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Letty Cottin PogrebinLetty Cottin Pogrebin
, a founding editor of Ms. magazine, is a writer, lecturer, social justice activist, and author of eleven books, most recently the novel Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate. She was also the consulting editor on Free to Be, You and Me, Marlo Thomas’s ground-breaking children’s book, record and TV special. Pogrebin, a past president of The Authors Guild, has been published in print and online in The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Ms., The Nation, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. Her honors include a Yale Poynter Fellowship in Journalism and an Emmy for Free to Be You and Me. She lives with her husband in New York City and Stockbridge.

Anastasia-StanmeyerModerator Anastasia Stanmeyer is editor of Berkshire Magazine, authoring such cover features as profiles on Kim and James Taylor, former Governor Deval Patrick, and other articles. Stanmeyer spent 12 years in Hong Kong and Indonesia, writing and editing for Time, Asiaweek, Newsweek, Stern, Dallas Morning News, Christian Science Monitor, and San Francisco Chronicle. She conducted a multi-year investigation on the AIDS epidemic across Asia, met with the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa, reported on the civil war in South Sudan, and traveled to Haiti to write about its social upheaval. She authored the introduction to Island of the Spirits, a book about Balinese spirituality, and currently lives in Otis.


March 19, 2016
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Berkshire Festival of Women Writers


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