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Leslie Jamison in Conversation with Zoe Kazan

Wednesday, June 12, 2024


6:30 pm Eastern

McNally Jackson Seaport, 4 Fulton St., New York, New York

Leslie Jamison in conversation with Zoe Kazan

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Join memoirist Leslie Jamison and actor-playwright Zoe Kazan for a conversation on parenting and performance—on what it means to make art, a family, a life: the abiding acts of self-transformation that are explored in Splinters, Jamison’s meditation on motherhood, divorce, and love that is haunted by loss.

Splinters is essential reading for anybody who cares about the power of language to help us find solace and recompense,” writes Meghan O’Rourke.

This event is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Authors Guild Foundation and McNally Jackson, where we gather writers for conversations that highlight the importance of a rich, diverse literary culture and the authors who contribute to it, and provide a space for writers and readers to connect in-person.

Leslie Jamison’s new book is Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Recovering and The Empathy Exams; the collection of essays Make It Scream, Make It Burn, a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award; and the novel The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She writes for numerous publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the New York Times, Harper’s, and the New York Review of Books. She teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn.

Zoe Kazan is a film, television, and stage actor, as well as a playwright and screenwriter. She was recently on Broadway in the revival of John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning 2005 play Doubt opposite Liev Schreiber and Amy Ryan. She previously acted on Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club’s revival of William Inge’s Come Back, Little Sheba, the world premiere of Martin McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane, and the 2008 revival of Chekhov’s The Seagull (Drama Desk nomination). Her off-Broadway acting credits include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (The New Group), and her television credits include the HBO limited series The Plot Against America and Olive Kitteridge (Emmy nomination). She has acted in many films, including She Said, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Big Sick, It’s Complicated; and Ruby Sparks,for which she also wrote the screenplay (Independent Spirit Nomination, Best Screenplay). She also co-wrote and co-executive produced the 2018 film Wildlife. As a playwright, she has had four plays produced, including We Live Here (Manhattan Theatre Club)and After the Blast (LCT3). She is currently adapting John Steinbeck’s East of Eden as a limited series for Netflix.