Mark My Words: Jenny Minton Quigley, Dani Shapiro, Sloane Crosley, and Jamie Loftus on LOLITA IN THE AFTERLIFE

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March 30, 2021 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Editor Jenny Minton Quigley appears in conversation with Lolita in the Afterlife contributors Sloane Crosley,  Dani Shapiro, and comedian Jamie Loftus. Moderated by Bridget Quinn, President and CEO of Hartford Public Library.

In 1958, Vladimir Nabokov’s 
Lolita was published in the United States to immediate controversy and bestsellerdom. More than sixty years later, this phenomenal novel generates as much buzz as it did when originally published. Central to countless issues at the forefront of our national discourse— art and politics, race and whiteness, gender and power, sexual trauma—Lolita lives on, in an afterlife as blinding as a supernova. With original contributions from a stellar cast of prominent twenty-first century writers and edited by the daughter of Lolita’s original publisher in America, Lolita in the Afterlife is a vibrant collection of sharp and essential modern pieces on this perennially provocative book.

This program is free to attend, though when you register, we hope you’ll consider contributing what you’d call a fair ticket price. We thank you for your attendance whether you’re able to donate or not. REGISTER HERE.

Signed copies of Lolita in the Afterlife will be available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so.

JENNY MINTON QUIGLEY is a writer and editor. She is the series editor forThe Best Short Stories of The Year: The O. Henry Prize Winners, and the author of a memoir, The Early Birds. She is the daughter of Walter J. Minton, the storied former president and publisher of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, who first dared to publish Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov in the United States in 1958. A former book editor at several Random House imprints, Minton Quigley lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with her husband, sons, and dogs.

The Mark My Words series is supported by the Wish You Well Foundation.

CT Public – WNPR is the media sponsor for the Mark My Words series.

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. For more information call 860-247-0998 or visit


March 30, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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