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Release party for IDOL TALK: WOMEN WRITERS ON THE TEENAGE INFATUATIONS THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES, with readings from Elizabeth Searle, Marianne Leone, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Lisa Borders, Mary Granfield, Lise Haines, Caitlin McCarthy, and Michelle Soucy

July 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm UTC+0

In the midst of acne, social anxiety and training bras are the teen idols that make adolescent life a little more bearable. Whether their cutouts are plastered on bedroom walls or hidden behind locker doors, there is no denying the impact of these stars on young women. This collection of new essays explores with tenderness and humor the teen crushes of the past 50 years–from Elvis to John Lennon to Diana Ross–who have influenced the choices of women, romantically or otherwise, well into adulthood.

Elizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction. Her show Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera has been widely produced and has drawn national media attention. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA.

Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Bark Magazine, Coastal Living and WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog. Her memoir, Jesse: A Mother’s Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010. Leone had a recurring role on HBO’s hit show, “The Sopranos” as Joanne Moltisanti, Christopher’s mother. She has also appeared in films by David O. Russell, Larry David, John Sayles, and Martin Scorsese. She is married to the award-winning actor Chris Cooper.

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, and has won thirty-four Emmys and thirteen Edward R. Murrow Awards for her groundbreaking journalism. A nationally bestselling author, Ryan has won five Agatha Awards as well as two Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne du Maurier, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She served on the national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America, and was 2013 national president of Sisters in Crime. She is the author of nine thrillers, including Prime Time, The Other Woman, The Wrong Girl, Truth Be Told, What You See and Say No More. TRUST ME (August 2018) is her first standalone psychological suspense.

Lise Haines is the author of Girl in the Arena (YA); Small Acts of Sex and Electricity (adult literary); and In My Sister’s Country (adult literary). When We Disappear will be published in 2018. Haines’s short stories and essays have appeared in a number of literary journals including Ploughshares, Agni, Post Road, and The Barcelona Review, and she was a finalist for the PEN Nelson Algren Award. She has been Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard, and currently teaches full time as Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College.

Lisa Borders’ second novel, The Fifty-First State, was published by Engine Books in 2013. Her first novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land, was chosen by Pat Conroy as the winner of River City Publishing’s Fred Bonnie Award and received fiction honors in the 2003 Massachusetts Book Awards. Lisa has published humor in McSweeney’s, essays in The Rumpus and several anthologies, and short stories in Washington Square, Black Warrior Review, Painted Bride Quarterly and other journals. She lives in the Boston area, where she does private manuscript coaching and editing. R.E.M. is still her all-time favorite band.

Caitlin McCarthy is an award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs. Her feature screenplays include WONDER DRUG, a Featured Script on the Black List and a Semifinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting . Caitlin is also partnering on writing/creating the TV series “Pass Fail” with Jim Forbes (a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent, and narrator, most notably VH1’s iconic “Behind The Music”); and writing/creating the TV series “Free Skate.”

Mary Granfield is a former journalist who earned a master’s degree at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse, NY. She worked as a staff reporter at Money magazine for three years before leaving to freelance for People, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Family Circle and the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, among other publications.

Michelle Soucy earned an MFA through the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine. Her fiction has appeared in The Florida Review, Bryant Literary Review, EWR: Stories, and elsewhere.


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