The Authors Guild Foundation & McNally Jackson present Leslie Jamison in conversation with Zoe Kazan

June 12th
McNally Jackson Seaport
4 Fulton St. 
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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 McNally Jackson and the Authors Guild Foundation, 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.

With more than 14,000 members, the Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for published writers. It advocates on behalf of working writers to protect free speech, freedom of expression, and authors’ copyrights; fights for fair contracts and authors' ability to earn a livable wage; and provides a welcoming community for writers and translators of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and journalism. Through its educational and charitable arm, the Authors Guild Foundation, it also offers free programming to teach working writers about the business of writing, as well as organizing public events.

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 award-winning play Doubt. 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. Her off-Broadway acting credits include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and her television credits include the HBO’s The Plot Against America and Olive Kitteridge. 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 (nominated for Independent Spirit Award's Best Screenplay). She 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.

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