Between Biography and Memoir: Balancing Research with Recollection
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To RSVP, please email Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at [email protected] with your name, email address, and telephone number.
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The role of the biographer, Virginia Woolf once wrote, is to “admit contradictory versions of the same face.”
This is, in fact, the challenge of both the biographer and the memoirist—constructing a living (or once-living) person on the page, without reducing him or her to a single dimension. This seminar/workshop will address the issues and techniques of biography and memoir—as well as some storytelling methods of literary nonfiction that have been appropriated from fiction.
M.G. Lord is the author of an award-winning concept-driven biography of the movie star Elizabeth Taylor and a cultural history of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab that is also a memoir of her difficult rocket engineer father. She will look at the importance of research, and how it can deepen the telling of any life, even one’s own. She will also discuss ethical and legal concerns, including copyright restrictions on unpublished material and the privacy rights of nonpublic figures.
This is a free program that will be held at the Studio City Branch Library. Space is limited, so please respond early. For more information, please contact Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at [email protected] or 213.292.6268.
Reservation and Wait-list Policy
LFLA Members will receive advance notice to make reservations, before being open to the general public.
Reservations will be taken until the program is full, at which point a waiting list will be maintained. If you or anyone in your party can no longer attend, please inform us ahead of time to the best of your ability so we can keep an accurate reservation count as well as accommodate other guests who wish to attend. If you are on the waiting list and a reserved guest cancels, the Library Foundation will contact you regarding availability.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the reservation/wait-list policy for this seminar?
Due to room capacity and the interactive nature of this program, program space will be limited to no more than 50. Once that capacity is reached, we will maintain a waitlist. If you need to cancel your reservation, please let us know as soon as possible.
Why is this seminar being held at the Studio City Branch Library?
LFLA is hosting writers’ seminars in branch libraries in East and West Valley regions to engage Members and library patrons living in this area.
Where should I park?
The Studio City Branch Library has ample parking on-site.
What should I bring?
Please bring a pen and a notebook. Also, bring questions and be ready for an engaging discussion with M.G. and fellow participants!