Travels From: New York

J. Courtney Sullivan

J. Courtney Sullivan is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Commencement, Maine, The Engagements, and Saints For All Occasions. Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. The Engagements was one of People Magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2013 and an Irish Times Best Book of the Year. It is soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, and it will be translated into 17 languages.

Her latest novel, Saints For All Occasions, was named one of the ten best books of the year by the Washington Post, a New York Times Critic’s Pick for 2017, and a New England Book Award nominee. Courtney’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among many others. She is a co-editor, with Courtney Martin, of the essay anthology Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. In 2017, she wrote the foreword to a new edition of one of her favorite children’s books, Anne of Green Gables, for Penguin Classics, as well as the forward to 150th Anniversary edition of Little Women, for Little Brown.

A Massachusetts native, Courtney is a graduate of Smith College, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two children.

I hope to read another novel as strong and wise and beautiful and heartbreaking as J. Courtney Sullivan’s SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS this year, but I’m not sure I will.
— Richard Russo
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Talks and Topics

  • Saints for All Occasions - Author Presentation

  • Maine- Author Presentation

  • The Engagements - Author Presentation

  • Commencement - Author Presentation

  • Telling Women’s Stories: Women in the Context of their Historical Moments

  • How Reading and Writing Fiction Helps to Build Radical Empathy

  • Fiction, Family and Faith: How Ancestry and Inter-generational Influence Determine Who a Woman is Allowed to Become

  • How Harriet the Spy Made Me a Novelist

  • Workshop: How to Turn Real Life Into Fiction

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