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More Than One: Writing Biography

More Than One: Writing Biography

Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
General Public 

With Amanda Vaill and Pamela Katz.

Amanda Vaill is the author of Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War, a work of narrative historical nonfiction about a group of 1930’s combat journalists; Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins, for which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship; and the bestselling Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy – A Lost Generation Love Story, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in biography. In addition she is a co-author of Seaman Schepps: A Century of New York Jewelry Design, an illustrated study of the work of her designer grandfather, and has edited or contributed to a number of other books, most recently The Beatles Are Here!, an anthology of reminiscences about the eponymous band’s first visit to the United States fifty years ago. She was also the writer of the screenplay for the PBS/American Masters documentary, Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About, which won both an Emmy and a Peabody Award.

Pamela Katz most recent book is The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink. She co-wrote Margarethe von Trotta's film Rosenstrasse-(2003) based on a true story of resistance to the Third Reich; The Other Women (2005) - about Stasi Romeos in former East Germany; and Remembrance- based on a story about a pair of lovers who escape Auschwitz only to lose each other in postwar Poland, and they reunite thirty years later. Remembrance premiered in 2011 in Germany and was distributed by Corinth Films in the U.S, in 2013. Her third project with von Trotta, a dramatic film titled Hannah Arendt, starring Barbara Sukowa and Janet McTeer, premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. She's also written a television mini-series about the legendary theater couple from Berlin's wild 20's-- Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill. She also wrote a historical novel based on the life of Lenya, titled And Speaking of Love.

Moderated by Honor Moore, nonfiction coordinator, Creative Writing Program

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.


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