A Little Harmless Fun: Joyce Maynard

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November 12, 2020 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for an evening with author Joyce Maynard, who will talk about her latest projects, returning to finish her degree at Yale 50 years after she was a freshman there (having left to pursue a relationship with J.D. Salinger), and living through the pandemic on the base of a volcano in Guatemala.

The casual, free-wheeling conversation series will be held via Crowdcast and will once again be led by Frank Rizzo, New York theater critic for Variety and writer for Connecticut Magazine, The New York Times, Hartford Magazine, and other publications.

Maynard, the author of 17 books, including The New York Times bestselling novel Labor Day (which was made into a Jason Reitman film starring Kate Winslet), To Die For (which was made into a Gus Van Sant film starring Nicole Kidman), and the memoir At Home in the World. Her most recent book, The Best of Us, tells the story of finding and losing her second husband. Her new novel will be published later this year.

Maynard is also a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo and for the last 19 years has taught the craft of memoir on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, at a workshop she founded there in 2001. She spent the early months of this spring’s pandemic there at the base of a volcano with fellow writers. Two years ago, at age 65, Maynard returned to New Haven to finish her studies at Yale, which were interrupted in 1972. She is currently a junior.

This event is free: Register Here!

A Little Harmless Fun will continue on December 8, the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, a commemoration of the vigil outside The Dakota marking his life and our loss, featuring photojournalist James Meehan, longtime Beatles expert Charles Rosenay, and former Hartford Courant music writers Roger Catlin and Steve Metcalf.

Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign and its Travelers Arts Impact Grant program with major support from The Travelers Foundation.


November 12, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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