Bestselling author Jennifer Finney Boylan will give a keynote address, “Gender and Imagination: An Afternoon with Jennifer Finney Boylan,” for Women’s History Month on Thursday, March 3, at 2:15 p.m. in the Millett Hall Atrium. Boylan is Wright State’s Women’s History Month Scholar-in-Residence.
Boylan will read from new and collected works, including her forthcoming novel, I’ll Give You Something to Cry About. She’ll also read from She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders and its sequel, I’m Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted. Following the reading, Boylan will answer questions and sign books. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Center and Women’s Studies Program.
Boylan is the author of 13 books, a professor of English at Colby College in Maine, an ongoing contributor to the op-ed page of The New York Times, and a member of the judging committee of the Fulbright Scholars administered by the U.S. Department of State.
Her 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. The memoir explores Jennifer’s transition from James to Jenny through two major relationships in her life—her marriage and her friendship with novelist Richard Russo.
Boylan has appeared four times on The Oprah Winfrey Show and twice on Larry
King Live. She has been the subject of documentaries on the History Channel, CBS News’ 48 Hours, NPR’s Marketplace, and Talk of the Nation.
Jennifer is completing Wright State University’s second annual Women’s History Month residency. In addition to this event, she is visiting several classes and meeting with student groups. Her memoir, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, is the Women’s Center’s Winter Quarter reading selection.
For more information, contact the Wright State University Women’s Center at (937) 775-4524.