October 2012

The Art of Writing: Diaries to Tweets

What can we learn from everyday writing? Lily Koppel, author of The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal, helps us answer this question through sharing with us her experiences with a fragile, crumbling diary hiding in a trunk inside in dumpster in a Manhattan apartment and embarking on a treasure hunt to find its owner decades later. The 75-year-old diary was kept from 1929 to 1934 by a young Manhattanite with literary and artistic aspirations. With the help of a private investigator, Koppel found the diarist, 90-year-old Florence Wolfson Howitt, and heard from her as well about the value of the diary. Koppel will speak about memory recalled and the present captured in the art of everyday writing: sometimes, Koppel reveals, everyday writing can be extraordinary.

Lily Koppel is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Red Leather Diary and the upcoming The Astronaut Wives Club. Raised in Chicago, Koppel attended Barnard College and graduated with a degree in English and creative writing. In addition to authoring two novels, she has worked at The New York Times and continues to write for them and other publications. She has also appeared on ABC News, The Today Show, and National Public Radio, and her work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Glamour, and numerous literary journals and websites. She lives in New York City with her husband, the author Tom Folsom, and their two rescue dogs, Ozzy and Lucky.

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Lily Koppel
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