past event

SOF Discussion Reception: The Art of the Memoir

Join us for a discussion featuring Adrienne Brodeur, Executive Director, Aspen Words, in conversation with Barbara Lane, San Francisco Chronicle’s book columnist to discuss Brodeur’s highly anticipated memoir “Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me,” which has received advance praise from the literary community.

*This event is open to Society of Fellows members only. If you are not yet a member of the Society of Fellows, and have interest in joining, please contact the SOF Hotline at

Speaker Bio:

Adrienne Brodeur has spent the past two decades of her professional life in the literary world—­discovering voices, cultivating talent, and working to amplify underrepresented writers. Her forthcoming memoir, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me, will be published by HMH books in October 2019. The film rights were bought by Chernin Entertainment with Kelly Fremon Craig, the director of Edge of Seventeen, attached to adapt and direct.

Adrienne’s publishing career began with founding the fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Storywith filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, where she served as editor in chief from 1996-2002. The magazine has won the prestigious National Magazine Award for best fiction four times. In 2005, she became an editor at Harcourt (later, HMH Books), where she acquired and edited literary fiction and memoir. Adrienne left publishing in 2013 to become Creative Director — and later Executive Director — of Aspen Words, a literary arts nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute. In 2017, she launched the Aspen Words Literary Prize, a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.

Adrienne splits her time between Cambridge and Cape Cod, where she lives with her husband and children.

Moderator Bio:

Barbara Lane is a book columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, director of events for Copperfield’s Books, and a longtime Bay Area producer and writer.

Event information
Tue Nov 5, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Private Residence
San Francisco, CA