Come join Elizabeth Searle, editor of Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives, in a fun reading and panel discussion featuring Mary Granfield, B.A. Shapiro (The Muralist), Marianne Leone (Ma Speaks Up), Lise Haines (When We Disappear), and Suzanne Strempek Shea (This Is Paradise). Bring stories of your own teen idols, and enjoy some throwback snacks and tunes!
In the midst of acne, social anxiety and training bras are the teen idols that make adolescent life a little more bearable. Whether their cutouts are plastered on bedroom walls or hidden behind locker doors, there is no denying the impact of these stars on young women. This collection of new essays explores with tenderness and humor the teen crushes of the past 50 years--from Elvis to John Lennon to Diana Ross--who have influenced the choices of women, romantically or otherwise, well into adulthood.
Elizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction. Her show Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera has been widely produced and has drawn national media attention. She teaches at Stonecoast MFA.
Mary Granfield is a former journalist and was a staff reporter for Money magazine. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, People, Family Circle, Woman's Day, the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, and others.
Lise Haines has published four novels: When We Disappear, published by Unbridled Books in June 2018; Girl in the Arena, a 2011 South Carolina Book Award Nominee, optioned by HBO; Small Acts of Sex and Electricity, named a Book Sense Pick in 2006 and one of ten “Best Book Picks for 2006” by San Diego’s NPR station; and In My Sister’s Country, which The Rocky Mountain News selected as one of twelve “Stellar Debuts” for 2002.
Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Bark Magazine, Coastal Living and WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog. Her memoir, Jesse: A Mother’s Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010.
Suzanne Strempek Shea’s twelve books include six novels, three memoirs, two biographies and an anthology. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Irish Times, Yankee, Golf World, Down East, The Bark, Organic Style and ESPN the Magazine.
B. A. Shapiro is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger and the bestseller The Muralist. She has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University and lives in Boston with her husband, Dan, and their dog, Sagan.
In the midst of acne, social anxiety and training bras are the teen idols that make adolescent life a little more bearable. Whether their cutouts are plastered on bedroom walls or hidden behind locker doors, there is no denying the impact of these stars on young women.