Double Bind: Women on Ambition

Wednesday April 19: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Hawa Allan, Sarah Ruhl, Ashley Ford, and Julie Holland will discuss the newly released anthology DOUBLE BIND: Women on Ambition. The book features a host of women who have made landmark achievements in fields as diverse as literature, law, tech, butchery, and even dog sledding, boldly investigate just how “ambition” remains so fraught an endeavor, and so uncomfortable a term.

This conversation will be moderated by Robin Romm, most famously the editor of the collections The Mercy Papers and The Mother Garden.

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

Sarah Ruhl’s plays include For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, Dear Elizabeth, and Stage Kiss. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, and at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater. Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country and have also been produced internationally, and translated into over twelve languages. Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright award, the Susan Smith Blackburn award, the Whiting award, the Lily Award, a PEN award for mid-career playwrights, and the MacArthur "genius" award. Her book of essays 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write was published by Faber and Faber last fall. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Hawa Allan writes cultural criticism, fiction and poetry. She is essays editor at The Offing and her work has appeared in the Baffler, the Chicago Tribune, and Lapham's Quarterly, among other places.

Dr. Julie Holland is a psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist, with a private practice in New York City. She is the author of Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER and Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy.

Ashley C. Ford lives in Brooklyn by way of Indiana. She is (mostly) a writer, editor, and public speaker. She is currently writing a memoir, and working as a senior features writer at Refinery29. Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, Slate, Teen Vogue, I-D, Lenny Letter, and various other web and print publications. She's spoken at SXSW, Earlham College, Hippocamp Nonfiction Writing Conference, and various other events and universities. She also taught writing at The New School and Catapult.Co. Ford previously worked as a development executive for Matter Studios, where she focused on web series and documentaries, and was also the host of the first season of Audible.Com's interview series, Authorized.

Robin Romm is the editor of Double Bind and author of The Mother Garden and The Mercy Papers. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, O, The Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere. She teaches at Warren Wilson College and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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