Wednesday, May 1

Lannan Foundation Presents: Joan Didion with Mona Simpson

This event is part of the Lannan Literary series




Ticket Info

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General: $6

Students & Seniors: $3

The Lensic Box Office hours are 10:00 - 4:00 Monday to Friday; Noon - showtime on weekends.

Event Description

Joan Didion has been an insightful observer of American politics and culture for more than 45 years. Her book The Year of Magical Thinking is both a vivid personal account of losing her husband as well as a treatise on grief and mourning. Didion’s novels include Play It as It Lays and Democracy, and among her nonfiction books are Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album. Her most recent work, Blue Nights, is a mother’s heartbreaking tale, written in Didion’s sparse and eloquent prose, about the life and death of her daughter, Quintana Roo.

Mona Simpson’s recent novel My Hollywood tells the story of Claire and Lola, a new mother and her Filipina nanny, whose lives entwine amidst the glitter of Los Angeles—kept shiny by its immigrant laborers. Her 1992 novel Anywhere But Here, about a colorful mother-daughter relationship, was made into a major motion picture. Simpson is a professor of English at University of California, Los Angeles.