Our 16th Season starts strong with three incredible authors who return to the Pen Parentis Stage at the Andaz Wall Street to share their current novels and update us on their lives! This season opener will also feature the 2016-2017 winner of the Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents! Marcelle Soviero, Editor-in-Chief of Brain, Child Magazine will be in attendance to present the award to our newest fellow: Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan of Pittsburgh, PA.
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Daphne Uviller is the author of the Zephyr Zuckerman Series: Super in the City, Hotel No Tell and, just arrived January 2016, Wife of the Day. The television rights to the series were optioned jointly to Paramount Television and Silver Lake Entertainment. A former Books/Poetry editor at Time Out New York, Daphne’s reviews, profiles, and articles have been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsday, The Forward, New York Magazine, Oxygen, Allure, and Self, for which she used to write an ethics column. A third-generation Greenwich Villager, Daphne lives in the Hudson Valley and New York City with conservation ecologist Sacha Spector, two children, and one dog. She is happy to be returning to Pen Parentis. (image credit: Lucy Schaeffer)
Thelma Adams is an established figure in the entertainment industry. In addition to her new novel about Mrs. Wyatt Earp, The Last Woman Standing, for two decades she has penned celebrity features and film criticism for high-profile publications. Her portfolio of actor interviews includes Julianne Moore, George Clooney, Jessica Chastain, and Matthew McConaughey, among many others. While covering film for the New York Post, US Weekly, and Yahoo Movies, Thelma became a regular at film festivals from Berlin to Dubai, Toronto to Tribeca. She sits on the Hamptons International Film Festival Advisory Board and twice chaired the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle. Her debut novel, Playdate, published by Thomas Dunne Books, won high critical acclaim. Adams has been invited to share her expertise on many broadcast outlets, including appearances on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’sEarly Show, and CNN. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a history degree from UC Berkeley and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She lives in Hyde Park, New York, with her family. This is her second appearance at Pen Parentis.
Simon Van Booy was born in Great Britain and grew up in rural Wales. He is the author of The Secret Lives of People in Love, Love Begins in Winter (winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award) and the novel, Everything Beautiful Began After. His last The Illusion of Separateness was a national bestseller and his current novel Father’s Day is garnering terrific reviews. He is the editor of three philosophy books. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, and ELLE Men, (China), where he has a monthly column. He has also written for the stage, National Public Radio, and the BBC. Van Booy teaches part-time at SVA in Manhattan, and is involved in the Rutgers Early College Humanities Program for young adults living in under-served communities. In 2013, he founded Writers for Children, an organization which helps young people build confidence in their talent, through annual writing awards. He was a finalist for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, and his work has been translated into more than fifteen languages. He lives in the NYC area with his daughter and his wife. He is delighted to return to Pen Parentis.