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In Their Own Words: Memoirs of Lives Recalled

3-Session Daytime Series

Wednesday, October 6 and 20 and November 3, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Quick Tix Code: 1K0163
 $45 Package Member
 $55 Package Non-Member
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There’s no more exciting or fearsome plot than the course of an unexpected life. These first-person stories draw us into lives played out against the backdrop of history.

Documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson looks at three remarkable memoirs, as different in approach and style as the lives they led. A Black comic recounts his childhood in apartheid South Africa, a famous writer conjures a fabled youth in Paris of the 1920s, and a beloved travel writer gives a spellbinding account of her riskiest journey, becoming another physical version of herself. Each session includes readings from the featured work and archival film clips and stills.

Please Note: Individual sessions are available for individual purchase.

OCT 6  Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

A comic memoir by the winning, ebullient comedian and host of the Daily Show. According to the strict rules of apartheid South Africa that kept whites and blacks apart, Noah, the child of a black mother and white father, was born a crime.

OCT 27  A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (RESCHEDULED)

The young aspiring Hemingway, full of bravado and confidence, feasted on Paris in the 1920s, its streets, its cafes, and bookstores. He hangs out and dishes about Gertrude Stein, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, declares his voice, instructs how to write, and turns Paris into a sought-after destination.

NOV 3  Conundrum by Jan Morris

A true adventure story, by one of the great modern travel writers as well as historian and war correspondent. In middle age, Morris undertook the risky but essential decision to physically become a woman, following “the melody she heard within,” while remaining a devoted partner, father, and famous English writer.

Lukinson, whose films have received three Emmys and seven Writer’s Guild Awards, teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

3 sessions

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