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The Danish Girl
June 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
To celebrate Pride month, we are pleased to welcome bestselling author David Ebershoff, best known for his award-winning novel, The Danish Girl. In 2017 the New York Times named The Danish Girl one of the most influential LGBTQ books of the past two decades. Inspired by the true story of transgender pioneer, Lili Elbe, the novel was adapted into an Oscar-winning film and has been translated into more than thirty languages. Ebershoff’s other novels include the #1 bestseller The 19th Wife, an exploration of faith and identity in the Mormon Church. It was adapted into a television movie aired around the world. A former Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House, Ebershoff has been a Visiting Lecturer in the Princeton creative writing program and has taught in Columbia’s graduate writing program for more than a decade. His most recent work was about ballet and queer identity published in the New York Times. With the Lambda Literary Foundation, he founded the Lili Elbe scholarship for emerging transgender writers.
Ebershoff will be joined in conversation by Brian Eugenio Herrera, Associate Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. He is, by turns, a writer, teacher and scholar whose work, both academic and artistic, examines the history of gender, sexuality and race within and through U.S. popular performance. He is author of The Latina/o Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening: A Narrative Report (HowlRound, 2015) and Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (Michigan, 2015), which was awarded the George Jean Nathan Prize for Dramatic Criticism. A performer as well, Brian’s autobiographical storywork shows (I Was the Voice of Democracy, Boy Like That &TouchTones) have been seen in more than a dozen states, as well as Beirut and Abu Dhabi. He is also the Inaugural Resident Scholar for The Sol Project, an initiative dedicated to producing the work of Latinx playwrights in New York City and beyond.
Free for members, $15 for guests