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Travels From: New York

Alix Strauss

A media savvy social satirist, Alix is a frequent contributor and columnist at the New York Times, where her work focuses on trends, relationships, marriage and weddings. She's been a featured pop culture and lifestyle journalist for more than 20 years, and has appeared as a travel and trend writer on national morning and talk shows including ABC, CBS, CNN, and most recently, The Today Show. Her articles, which have appeared in the Times, The Financial Times, Crain’s New York, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, T&L, Conde Nast Traveler, and Departures (among others), cover a range of topics from trends in beauty, travel, and food to celebrity interviews.  She is an award winning, four-time published author whose work includes: The Joy of Funerals (St. Martin's Press),Based Upon Availability (Harper Collins), and Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious (Harper Collins).  She is also the editor of Have I Got a Guy for You (Simon & Schuster), an anthology of mother coordinated dating horror stories. 

The Joy of Funerals won the Ingram Award, and was named Best Debut Novel by The New York Resident. Alixʼs essays have been anthologized - most recently in Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish: The Heeb Storytelling Collection. Her short story, “Shrinking Away”, won the David Dornstein Creative Writing Award. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships from programs such as the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Skidmore College Writerʼs Institute, the Sarah Lawrence Summer Program, and the Squaw Valleyʼs Screenwritersʼ Summer Program.

Alix lectures extensively, having spoken at over 100 events and symposiums. She was chosen to speak at the National Jewish Book Festival, and is on the National Speakers Bureau for Israeli Bonds. In addition, she has spoken at numerous conferences and panels including: The Southern Festival of Books, The Northwest Bookfest, The New England's Writer's Conference, Wesleyan Writer's conference, The 92nd Street Y, NYU, Center For Communications, Mediabistro, Columbia University, among others. She hosted a monthly event at Makor called Word of Mouth Thursdays, featuring readings of personal essays, works in-progress, and novel excerpts.

Based Upon Availability is like a beautifully-wrapped gift box, full of unexpected pleasures. Alix Strauss proves herself to be an astute and deeply feeling observer of human nature.
— Dan Shapiro, author of Devotion, Slow Motion and Black & White

Talks and Topics

  • Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious Presentation

  • Relationships, Marriage and Love

  • Weddings and Wedding Trends

  • Mother and Daughter Relationships

  • Suicide Prevention and Anti-Bullying

  • Fiction vs. Nonfiction

  • Freelance Writing in a Social Media World - Is Print Really Dead?

  • For Book Clubs


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