"Orange Is the New Black" author to speak at SSU, Nov. 18

Kerman.jpegPiper Kerman, author of the book behind the hit TV series, "Orange Is the New Black", will be speaking at Sonoma State University on Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., in the Student Center, Ballroom A.

Piper Kerman's memoir recounts the 15 months she spent in the Danbury Correctional Facility for a crime she had committed ten years prior as a very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking. In 2013, her memoir was adapted into an original Netflix series and was heralded by the Washington Post as "the best TV show about prison ever made."

The series was also lauded by Time's television critic James Poniewozik for "the stunningly matter-of-fact way it uses the prison to create one of TV's most racially and sexually diverse-and as important, complex-dramas [and] contrasts the power and class dynamics inside the prison with those outside the prison."

Compelling, moving and often hilarious, the stories of the women she met while in prison raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, the odd cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor, and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison.

Admission to the event is $15; SSU students are free with a student ID. Tickets are available at the SSU Box Office at 707-664-4246 and online at https://tickets.sonoma.edu/Online

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