Jennifer Weiner at LI Lit Fest
A good conversation can be entertaining in its own right, which is something fans of the Long Island Lit Fest have long known. The informative and enjoyable formula is simple: have a well-known author converse with another almost-as-well-known author in front of a live audience at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, followed by questions from you.
June 13, the two authors in question are Jennifer Weiner, whose books have spent over five years on New York Time bestseller lists, and interviewer Susan Isaacs, who NPR’s Fresh Air has called “Jane Austen with a schmear.” Jennifer Weiner’s newest novel, Mrs. Everything – which covers 70 years of American history through the eyes of sisters Jo & Berthie – is a jumping off point to discuss the place of women in society, and whether women today are any freer or more fulfilled that those of their mothers’ or grandmothers’ generations. With a former Seventeen editor, freelance political speechwriter and past president of the Mystery Writers of America steering the conversation, who knows where things go from there.
Tickets are $40, and include a copy of Mrs. Everything, the conversation followed by a Q&A, and a book signing. While it’s a one-night-only event, LI Lit Fest has a regular schedule of such conversations – next ones up are Candace Bushnell (author of Sex and the City) with Ellen Meister on August 12; cookbook author and PBS host Lidia Bastianich with Newsday’s Erica Marcus at the Krasnoff Theater at Tilles Center on the LIU Campus on August 22.