Keynote Address: The Blessings and Curses of Memoir
Mary will tell the tale of what led her to write three bestselling memoirs and share some of the attendant miseries and blessings.
Mary Karr, Ph.D, is an award-winning poet and New York Times best-selling memoirist, and the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University. She is the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit. Her latest book, The Art of Memoir, is a master class on the fastest-growing literary genre. It debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was blanketed in stellar reviews.
A book for graduates based on her acclaimed 2015 Syracuse “Gift of Fear” commencement speech, Now Go Out There (and Get Curious), comes out April 2016. A television series based on The Liars’ Club and Lit is in development with Showtime starring Mary Louise Parker and produced by Sarah Timberman (Masters of Sex, Justified, and Elementary).
In 2015 Syracuse University awarded Karr an honorary doctorate in humane letters. Karr made her debut as a songwriter, to her pedigree with the release of Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell.
A born raconteur, Karr brings to her lectures and talks the same wit, irreverence, joy, and sorrow found in her poetry and prose. She has given distinguished talks about writing and her career at prestigious universities, libraries, and writers’ festivals. She has been the keynote speaker about her alcoholism and recovery to both the medical profession and the recovery community, and has spoken extensively about her unlikely conversion to Catholicism. Karr welcomes conversation with her audience and she is known for her spirited, lively, and engaging Q&A sessions.