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Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of 15 books, is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her column, “Men & Women,” appears on the op/ed page of The New York Times on alternate Wednesdays. From 1988 to 2014, she was on the faculty of Colby College; in 2000, she was named Professor of the Year at Colby. Her most recent book is the novel Long Black Veil (2017). Her other books include The Planets (1991), The Constellations: A Novel (1994), Getting In (1998), She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders (2003), I’m Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted––A Memoir (2008), Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror (2010), Falcon Quinn and the Crimson Vapor (2011), Stuck in the Middle With You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders (2013), Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community (2014), and You Are You (2015). She’s Not There was the first best-selling work by a transgender American. She serves on the Board of Trustees of PEN America, the non-profit advocating for authors, readers, and freedom of expression. From 2011 to 2018, she served on the Board of Directors of GLAAD, a U.S. non-governmental media monitoring organization founded by LGBT people in the media. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, and she has provided counsel for the TV series Transparent and I Am Cait. As a nationally known advocate for civil rights, she has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show on four occasions, on Live with Larry King twice, the Today Show, the Barbara Walters Special, and NPR’s Marketplace and Talk of the Nation. She has also been the subject of documentaries on CBS News’s 48 Hours and The History Channel.

Jennifer Finney Boylan will participate in the Friday evening program on October 19; and will introduce Richard Russo for the Fitzgerald Award and conduct a Workshop for the Fitzgerald Scholars on Saturday, October 20.