A discussion with The Mount’s 2019 Writers-in-Residence: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Julia Phillips, and Caroline Weber.
Moderated by Natalie Dykstra.
PLEASE NOTE, THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE ELAYNE P. BERNSTEIN THEATER AT SHAKESPEARE & COMPANY
70 KEMBLE STREET, LENOX, MA
Pulitzer Prize winner Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Fulbright fellow and debut novelist Julia Phillips, and historian Caroline Weber will discuss their past and present work, their careers, and their experience writing in the home of Edith Wharton, moderated by 2015 resident Natalie Dykstra. They will also touch on the legacy of Edith Wharton and her continuing influence on women writers.
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah is a journalist, essayist and critic whose work on such figures as Toni Morrison, Missy Elliott, and Kendrick Lamar has been widely acclaimed. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The Believer, and The New York Times Magazine, amongst several other outlets and publications. “If He Hollers Let Him Go,” an early essay on comedian Dave Chappelle, was a National Magazine Award finalist and has been called a classic. In 2017, her essay on James Baldwin was selected for The Best American Essays, and last year, “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof,” won the National Magazine Award for Best Feature Writing and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Most recently, she is a 2019 recipient of the American Mosaic Journalism Prize. Her first book, The Explainers & the Explorers, is forthcoming. The book will be published by Scribner in the States, and by Penguin in the UK.
Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Atlantic, Slate, and The Moscow Times. Her debut novel, Disappearing Earth, is forthcoming from Knopf in the US and Scribner in the UK, as well as publishers in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and China. She will use her time at The Mount to revise her second book By Force, which is about a woman who discovers that her husband as a teenager took part in a sexual assault of one of his classmates.
Caroline Weber is a professor of French and Comparative Literature at Barnard College, Columbia University; she has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton. She is the author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution (2006). She has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Financial Times, London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine. Her most recent work Proust’s Duchess was published in 2018, and she will use the time at The Mount to work on the second book in the series.
Natalie Dykstra is a professor of English at Hope College, where she teaches in the fall semester. She is the author of Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life, which was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and nominated for a 2013 Massachusetts Book Award. She is currently writing a biography of Isabella Stewart Gardner, to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and for which she received a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award. She is an elected Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
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