Joyce Maynard has been prominent in the literary community since her teen years as a contributor to Seventeen magazine. Over the course of her career, she has written 16 books including the novels “To Die For” and “Labor Day” (both adapted for film) and the bestselling memoir “At Home in the World,” translated into 17 languages. Maynard will discuss her newest memoir, “The Best of Us,” which Booklist says is a “haunting story, penned by a master wordsmith…a reminder to savor every loved one and every day.”
At Berkeley City College- Auditorium.
When it was first published in 1998, At Home in the World set off a furor in the literary world and beyond.Joyce Maynard's memoir broke a silence concerning her relationship -- at age eighteen -- with J.D. Salinger, the famously reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, then age fifty-three, who had read a story she wrote for The New York Times in her freshman year of college and sent her a letter that changed her life. Reviewers called her book "shameless" and "powerful" and its author was simultaneously reviled and cheered.