January 1, 1970

Join Emily Gould, Kara Jesella and Normandy Sherwood at BookCourt to discuss Mary MacLane and her legacy

Join playwright Normandy Sherwood, feminist scholar Kara Jesella and writer Emily Gould for a discussion of the life and legacy of one of the early 20th century’s most scandalous and enduringly relevant memoirists. Mary MacLane, famous at 19 for her bold and frankly self-involved writing, blazed a path for modern writers yet died in obscurity. What can we learn from her short and adventurous life? Is there such a thing as “feminist narcissism,” and what purpose might it serve? Learn more about the 1881-born woman who’s been called “America’s first blogger.”

Emily Gould is the author of And The Heart Says Whatever and the forthcoming novel Friendship. She is co-owner of Emily Books.

Kara Jesella has been a writer and editor at several magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, and co-authored How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Magazine of All Time, which was published by Faber & Faber in 2007. She is currently a PhD candidate in New York University’s Performance Studies department, where her work focuses on feminist art and the Internet. She used to have a blog; now she has a Tumblr.

Normandy Sherwood is a playwright, costumer and writing teacher in New York City. Her theater company is The National Theater of the United States of America.