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Joanna Biggs Presents A Life of One's Own with Lauren Oyler and Christine Smallwood

Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT May 16, 2023

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

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Can a woman thrive creatively and intellectually within society’s expectations? Is domesticity a trap? Where is that room, Virginia?

Join The Center for Fiction and Harper’s Magazine in welcoming author and editor Joanna Biggs for the launch of her new book, A Life of One’s Own: Nine Women Writers Begin Again, a feminist tapestry of literary criticism, memoir, and historical biography. Writers Lauren Oyler (Fake Accounts) and Christine Smallwood (The Life of the Mind) will join Biggs to discuss the various ways that female writers—themselves, and their predecessors; from Virginia Woolf to Simone de Beauvoir to Toni Morrison—have navigated an intellectual and cultural landscape that, for centuries, has sought to marginalize them.

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In Conversation

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    Joanna Biggs

    Joanna Biggs

    Joanna Biggs is an editor for Harper’s Magazine. Previously an editor at the London Review of Books, she has written for the New Yorker, the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Sunday Times and much more. She lives in New York.

    Photo Credit: Sarah Bohn

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    Lauren Oyler

    Lauren Oyler

    Lauren Oyler is a critic and novelist based in Berlin. Her writing appears regularly in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper’s, the London Review of Books, and other publications. Her novel Fake Accounts was published in 2021, and a collection of her essays, all previously unpublished, is forthcoming next year.

    Photo Credit: Pete Voelker

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    Christine Smallwood

    Christine Smallwood

    Christine Smallwood is the author of the novel The Life of the Mind.

About Harper's Magazine

Harper’s Magazine is America’s longest-running general interest publication, consistently bringing bold and original ideas to our audience since the first issue in June 1850. This is the magazine that broke the scandals of the My Lai massacre and Guantanamo suicides coverup, where Moby-Dick was first serialized and “Nickel and Dimed” first lived, the only American magazine to excerpt The Satanic Verses, and among the first to condemn the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Harper’s devotes over a third of every issue in some way to books—reviews, excerpts, and analysis—alongside investigative reporting, opinion, photo essays, short fiction, art, poetry, and the inimitable Harper’s Index.

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