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Bringing the same fearlessness and clarity of vision to her memoir that she possesses as one of America’s most renowned photographers, artist Sally Mann searched through family papers and yellowed photographs to tell a riveting tale of personal history—a “payload of southern gothic”—that has the page-turning drama of a great novel, but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own remarkable life. Mann takes the stage to discuss family, race, mortality, the American South, and her critically acclaimed and National Book Award finalist work, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs.



Sally Mann

Sally Mann

Sally Mann, born in Lexington, Virginia, in 1951, is one of America’s most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Her many books include What RemainsDeep SouthAt TwelveImmediate FamilyStill TimeProud Flesh, and The Flesh and the Spirit. A feature film about her work, What Remains, debuted to critical acclaim in 2006. Mann is represented by Gagosian Gallery and the Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York. She lives in Virginia.

Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra is the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize, and The Tsar of Love and Techno, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. His work has been honored with the National Magazine Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the Guggenheim Fellowship, among others. He lives in Oakland, CA.


Writers Guild Theater
135 S Doheny Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211


Complementary parking for all ticket holders
Writers Guild Theatre Parking Structure
135 South Doheny Drive
Parking structure located just south of Wilshire. Look for signage and enter structure through the alley from Doheny.

Will Call

6:00 PM – Will call opens
7:00 PM – House doors
7:30 PM – Program begins

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