Award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister (Good and Mad) and bestselling novelist Meg Wolitzer (The Wife and The Female Persuasion) have contributed to important conversations about women’s lives and feminism through their acclaimed works. Guest Curator Lisa Lucas speaks with them about how writing women in full relief can change the way readers understand themselves. They also discuss the evolving articulation of female rage on the page and why once unsung and sidelined stories of female fury, friendship and mentorship are newly popular today.

Events in Bay 17 at Carriageworks are closed-captioned. 

Meg Wolitzer (International)

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Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous books, including The Female Persuasion, The Interestings, and The Wife, which was recently made into an award-winning film starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. In 2017 Wolitzer was guest editor of The Best American Short Stories. Her short fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories, and The Pushcart Prize. She also writes books for young people, including most recently To Night Owl from Dogfish, which she co-wrote with children's author Holly Goldberg Sloan. Meg lives in New York City.

Rebecca Traister (International)

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Rebecca Traister is the author of the award-winning Big Girls Don’t Cry, the New York Times bestselling All the Single Ladies and Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, which was named one of the ten best books of 2018 by The Washington Post. Vivian Gornick says, “Every fifty years since the French Revolution there’s been an uprising on behalf of women’s rights—we’re in the middle of one right now—and each time around a fresh chorus of voices is heard, making the same righteous bid for social and political equality, only with more force and more eloquence than the time before. Among today’s strongest voices is the one that belongs to Rebecca Traister.” A National Magazine Award winner, she is writer at large for New York Magazine, and has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for Elle, The New Republic and Salon and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Observer, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Glamour and Marie Claire.

Lisa Lucas (International)

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Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards and a non-profit organisation devoted to celebrating the best literature in America, expanding its audience, and ensuring that books have a prominent place in American culture. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, she served as the Publisher of Guernica Magazine and the Director of Education at the Tribeca Film Institute. Lucas is a graduate of the University of Chicago.