Speaker Event: Screenwriter and Novelist Sheri Holman

Join the Honors Program in welcoming acclaimed author (for both book and screen), Sheri Holman!

Sheri Holman grew up outside of Richmond, Virginia, and attended the College of William and Mary where she majored in Theatre. After a few years acting professionally, she made the move to publishing, as the assistant to literary agent Molly Friedrich.

A Stolen Tongue, her first novel, was published by Grove/Atlantic in 1997 and was translated into thirteen languages. The Dress Lodger, also from Grove/Atlantic followed in 2000 and was a national bestseller. It was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, one of the New York Public Library’s Books to Remember, and was long-listed for a Dublin IMPAC award. The Mammoth Cheese (Grove/Atlantic 2003), her third adult novel, was named a Publisher’s Weekly and San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the UK’s Orange Prize.  

Her latest novel, Witches on the Road Tonight was an NYTBR Editor’s Choice,  the recipient of the Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal for Literary Fiction, winner of the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, and named a Book of the Year by the Boston Globe, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and PopMatters. She adapted that novel into a television pilot with NBCUniversal as “The Crooked Road.”

Sheri is currently Executive Producer on Mrs. American Pie (Apple +) starring Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, and Carol Burnett. Prior to that, she was Co-Executive Producer on George & Tammy, a limited series centered on the tumultuous love affair between country legends George Jones and Tammy Wynette, starring Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon. She has written and produced on Filthy Rich starring Kim Cattrall, National Geographic’s limited series, Barkskins,  based on Annie Proulx’s acclaimed novel, and Netflix Original series, Longmire. Sheri is a founding member of  The Moth, and her stories can be heard on the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour and Podcast. Her story, “Eat the Day” has been optioned by Bobby and Kristen Lopez for development as a musical. She lives with her family in Brooklyn. 

In her talk, Sheri Holman will explore her shifting perspectives on storytelling as she moved from the solitude of writing novels into the collaborative, chaotic world of television. She’ll discuss the specific demands and delights of crafting a narrative (including her stories for The Moth) across the rapidly shifting media landscape—and the continued, urgent need for original voices.

If you’re interested in learning more about Sheri and her work prior to the event, visit her official website.

This event will be held on Friday, October 21st from 1:00pm-2:30pm in Arts and Letters Room 103. To register, click here.

Students will receive one Honors point for attending this event

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