Four-Author Panel with Claire Bidwell Smith, Meredith Maran, Sarah Tomlinson & Jillian Lauren

To celebrate the fellowship’s 20th Anniversary, PEN Center USA is opening The Emerging Voices Author Evening Series to the public. Free to PEN Center USA members if you bring your Author Evening ticket.

PEN CenterAuthor Evening Series events include a brief reading, conversation, and a question-and-answer session with the audience. The Monday, May 16th Author Evening at 7 p.m. will feature an eclectic crew of writers. The discussion will center around The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith, Why We Write About Ourselves by Meredith Maran, Good Girl by Sarah Tomlinson, and Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren.

08-smith.jpgClaire Bidwell Smith is a therapist specializing in grief and is the author of two books of nonfiction, The Rules of Inheritance, which has been published in 17 countries, and After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go? She teaches workshops around the country and has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, Slate, Chicago Public Radio, The Guardian, Psychology Today, Yoga Journal, and Black Book Magazine. Claire currently works in private practice in Los Angeles.

08-maran.jpgMeredith Maran is the author of eleven nonfiction books and a novel, and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She’s been a Writer in Residence at UCLA and at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, and a fellow at MacDowell, Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mesa Refuge, and Ragdale. Her features, essays and book reviews have appeared in People, Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Self, Real Simple, Ladies Home Journal, Mother Jones, Family Circle, and More.

08-tomlinson.jpgSarah Tomlinson is a journalist, music critic and editor. She has ghostwritten nine books, including two uncredited New York Times-bestsellers and her father-daughter memoir, Good Girl. Her essays, articles and music reviews have appeared in Marie Claire, More, Salon, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Spin.com, Billboard.com and Alternative Press, among others.

08-lauren.jpgJillian Lauren is the New York Times-bestselling author of the memoirs Everything You Ever Wanted and Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, and the novel Pretty. Some Girls has been translated into 18 different languages and is currently being adapted for television. Jillian’s essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle, The Daily Beast, and Salon, among others.