AUTHOR TALKS

A Conversation With Gabby Rivera
Chapel, 11:30-12:30

Gabby Rivera is a force of nature. She’s the author of the acclaimed YA novel Juliet Takes a Breath, which Roxanne Gay described as “quite dazzling, funny as hell, poignant, all the things.” She is also the creator of the Marvel series America – featuring the first queer, Latinx teen-girl superhero ever. She’s also a dedicated activist and counselor, working with social justice organizations and helping to ensure safe and affirming school environments for LGBTQ students. Come and learn what makes her tick – and what it’s like when Marvel comes calling and asks you to create a new superhero!

Christina Baker Kline discusses A PIECE OF THE WORLD
Recital Hall, 1:00-2:00

Christina will give a slideshow presentation and a short reading from her best-selling novel, A Piece of the World. Using personal and archival photographs and images, she’ll talk about why she was inspired to write the book, the wide-ranging cultural impact of the painting Christina’s World, the true story behind the novel, and the challenges she faced along the way in turning real people’s lives into a fictional narrative. She’ll also discuss Andrew Wyeth, the extraordinary work he did over the years at Christina Olson’s house, and how the time he spent with her shaped his life and legacy.

J.T. Rogers discusses Oslo
Chapel, 2:30-3:30

Rock Bridge High School graduate J. T. Rogers has become the foremost political playwright of his generation, with his works being staged on Broadway, at London’s National Theatre, and across the world. Join him for a talk about his discovery of the secret history behind the history of the Oslo Peace Accords, and how he turned this discovery into his Tony Award-winning play Oslo, which the New York Times calls, “as expansive and ambitious as any in recent Broadway history.”