Arts & Letters Live: Mary Karr & Mary-Louise Parker
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Mary Karr is an award-winning poet and New York Times–bestselling memoirist. The author of The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit returns by popular demand to share insights into her latest book, The Art of Memoir, a master class on the fastest-growing literary genre. In it, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner.”
Mary-Louise Parker is a Tony and Emmy award–winning actress, starring in Weeds, Angels in America, and Showtime’s forthcoming series Lit, in which she plays Mary Karr. An extraordinary literary debut, Dear Mr. You, is a memoir in letters composed to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person Parker is today. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters include a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood, remembrances of former lovers, and a homage to a firefighter she encountered on 9/11.