Three women, three writers, three connections across geography, experience, profession, and religion. Join Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, Rebecca Soffer, and Emily Rapp Black as they read from their work and discuss the profound power of connection — as friends, as writers, as mothers, and as women — who forged powerful friendships after experiencing great personal loss, and writing their way out of it.
Rebecca Soffer is a writer and co-founder of Modern Loss, a website providing candid conversation on grief and resilience. Her book, co-authored with the same title, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in January 2018. Rebecca is a former producer for “The Colbert Report.” She was a featured speaker at Chicago Ideas Week and has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, and Newsweek. She is an alumna of Emory University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Rebecca lives in New York City and the Berkshires with her husband and two young sons.
Lucy Kalanithi is the widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller When Breath Becomes Air, to which she wrote the epilogue. She completed her medical degree at Yale and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. Lucy was a speaker at TEDMED 2016 and has appeared on NPR, PBS Newshour, Yahoo News with Katie Couric, The New York Times, Elle and Charlie Rose. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter, Cady.
Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir, and The Still Point of the Turning World, which was a New York Times bestseller. Her next book, Casa Azul Cripple, is forthcoming in 2018. The recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Rapp Black is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California-Riverside. She lives in Palm Springs with her husband, writer and editor Kent Black, and their family.
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