LA's Literary Luminary, Joan Didion, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
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The last date listed for Speaker Series: Joan Didion was Monday May 7, 2007 / 8:00pm.
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In 2005, Joan Didion won the National Book Award for The Year of Magical Thinking, which she has adapted into a successful Broadway play. A novelist, essayist and non-fiction writer she has authored 13 books, and she and her late husband John Gregory Dunne co-authored a number of noted screenplays. She is a contributor to The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. Throughout her career she has received many awards, and in 2005 received the Gold Medal for Belles Lettres from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is the highest honor the Academy bestows upon a writer and is given once every six years.
Born in California and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Didion has spent her adult life in New York and Los Angeles. Winner of the 2005 National Book Award, The Year of Magical Thinking is one of 13 books by Joan Didion. Her other books include Play It As It Lays, Democracy, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Salvador, Miami and Political Fictions. With her husband, John Gregory Dunne, she wrote the screenplays for such pictures as “The Panic in Needle Park” with Al Pacino, “True Confessions” with Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall, “A Star Is Born” with Barbra Streisand and “Up Close & Personal” with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Redford. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which awarded her its 2005 Gold Medal in nonfiction. She also received the 1996 Edward MacDowell Medal, the 1999 Columbia Journalism Award and the 2002 George Polk Book Award. She contributes to various periodicals, most frequently The New York Review of Books. —Playbill.com