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Gail Papp, the Woman Behind The Public Theater’s Play Development

In her recently released memoir Public/Private: My Life with Joe Papp at The Public Theater, author Gail Merrifield Papp spends her time chronicling her professional and personal relationship with New York theater legend, Joseph “Joe” Papp. Joe Papp is best known as the founder of both Shakespeare in the Park and The Public Theater (a theater downtown from Broadway that has been the birthplace of remarkable shows from Hair to Hamilton).read more.

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Imani Perry, 2023 MacArthur Fellow, Writes for Reckoning

The American South is known for being central to U.S. culture, particularly Black American culture. Some of the most significant American literature has been centered around Black American women and their voices and how their experiences have shaped our country. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is considered a literary great due to its depiction of Black women and how it challenges the stereotype of the “strong Black woman,” it shows how there is strength in vulnerability and sisterhood. read more.

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Screenwriter Gillian Flynn: Mastermind of Mystery

On this day in 2018, Widows was released in theaters. A gripping crime thriller about a group of widows avenging the murders of their husbands, Widows is the work of the thriller mastermind herself, Gillian Flynn. 

Gillian Flynn is a contemporary American author and screenwriter renowned for her gripping psychological thrillers, always with compelling and complex female leads.read more.

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Ada Limón, 2023 MacArthur Fellow, Captures the World in Verse

Ada Limón was once the self-proclaimed “kid that stared out the window and looked at trees when [she] should have been paying attention to the teacher.” Now, she’s a 2023 MacArthur Fellow. She credits this transition to the very same tenets of her personality that informed her early preoccupation with nature.read more.

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Angie Thomas’s “The Hate U Give” & the Power of the YA Genre

On this day in 2018, The Hate U Give was released in theaters. An emotional portrait of the impacts of police brutality on one young woman, The Hate U Give was based on the impactful young adult novel of the same name by Angie Thomas. It was Angie’s commitment to telling stories such as this one, and representing experiences like her own, that made this world-shifting film happen. read more.

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Celebrating Toni Bentley: A Bold and Daring Ballerina-Turned-Author

On this day in 2002, Holding On to the Air was published. A bright and exciting exploration of the career of ballerina Suzanne Farrell, this book was written by Toni Bentley, whose bold transition from professional ballerina to author made her the perfect person to write it. 

Toni Bentley is an Australian-German-American dancer and writer who has forever shifted the dance world with her boldness, both on the stage and on the page.read more.

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