Amanda Stauffer: Match Made In Manhattan

Wednesday January 24: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Buy a copy of Match Made in Manhattan or a $15 gift card at the door or at the Strand's main floor registers to attend this event. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the main store elevator or the stairs and elevator next door at 826 Broadway.

Local New York author Amanda Stauffer's upcoming debut novel is a contemporary exploration of the amazing and quirky frontier of dating in the digital age. At the behest of her loneliness and confusion brought on by two intense and ultimately failed relationships, New York resident Alison decides to dip her toes into the world of online dating. This decision launches her into a series of bizarre and awkward romantic endeavors that will sound all too familiar to many. But when Alison finds a real human connection with someone, will the culture of online dating eventually lead them apart? 

Join us in the Rare Book Room as Amanda discusses her new book with Elite Daily dating editor Hannah Orenstein, matchmaker Julia Bekker, Jamie Blynn, Senior Entertainment Editor at Us Weekly, and Susan Swimmer!

Amanda Stauffer is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities who works as an architectural conservator, restoring historic landmarks across the country. Amanda is a fan of Italian neorealist cinema, mojitos, and—well, you can just read her protagonist’s Match profile on page 20 of Match Made in Manhattan, because Alison lifted heavily from Amanda’s own profile. An erstwhile expat who has lived in Bangalore, Sicily, and Paris, Amanda currently lives in Manhattan, where she is busy writing her second book. You can find her on Twitter @ASpark7.

Hannah Orenstein is the dating editor at Elite Daily. Previously, she was a writer at At twenty-one, she became the youngest matchmaker at a top dating service. She was born and raised in Boston, studied journalism and history at NYU, and lives in Manhattan with her fat cat, Eloise. Her first book, Playing with Matches: A Novel, will be published in summer of 2018. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @HannahOrens.

Julia Bekker is a highly experienced matchmaker, dating expert and relationship coach. She founded her company, Hunting Maven, after nearly a decade of practice under well renowned matchmaker, Janis Spindel. Julia has helped hundreds of people find and maintain love. She writes a monthly advice column for Hearst Media and has been featured in many publications with her insights, including The NY Post, Elite Daily, and Time Out Magazine.

Jamie Blynn is Us Weekly’s Senior Entertainment Editor.  In addition to reviewing buzzy books and celebrity memoirs, Jamie covers movies (she followed Brad Pitt into a bathroom), music (she had sundaes with Justin Bieber), and TV (she can name all 19 Duggar kids). Jamie also serves as an on-camera expert and Bachelor commentator.  

Susan Swimmer is a fashion writer, retail consultant, commentator and creative director. A prolific writer, Swimmer’s profiles and features have been published in Marie Claire, Marie Claire UK, Self, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, Manhattan, The Purist, Mirabella, Homestyle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, Conde Nast Traveler, and Biography. Currently Swimmer is working on the launch of an accessories business, Evie Marques, due in stores Spring 2018. She is currently the Deputy Editor at Cosmopolitan.

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