Saturday, September 22 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Amanda Stern, Author of Little Panic

Please join us on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. when we welcome Amanda Stern, author of Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life, to our Speaker Series.

The ordinary world never made sense to Amanda— how can she trust time will keep flowing, the sun will rise, and her mother won’t vanish into thin air?  Shuttled between divorced parents, from a barefoot bohemian existence in Greenwich Village to a sanitized, stricter world uptown, this smart, sensitive little girl experiences life through the distorting lens of an undiagnosed panic disorder— convinced her worries protect her family from danger.  When, one morning in 1979, Etan Patz disappears near her MacDougal Street home, Amanda knows that all her worst fears are about to come true.  Candid, tender, funny, and gorgeously immersive, Little Panic is at once a love letter to 1970s- and ’80s-era New York City and a brilliantly funny memoir about living life on the razor’s edge of panic.

Praise for Little Panic:

“Brave, fiercely funny. A brilliant read that offers hope for anyone burdened by anxiety.” – People Magazine

“Frank and funny. It will have chronic worrywarts laugh-crying with recognition, especially those who think clocks exist only to remind them that time’s running out.” – O Magazine

“Moving. Vivid and illuminating.” – BBC

“Honest and deeply felt, Stern’s story delivers a raw window into the terrifying world of panic disorders.”  –Publishers’ Weekly  Starred Review 

“Riveting. Stern is such a skilled stylist—and such an unforgiving judge of herself—that the memoir radiates a morbid fascination.” – Kirkus


Photo by Jon Pack

About the author: Amanda Stern’s work has appeared in the New York Times; the New York Times Magazine;  the New York Times Book Review; FilmmakerThe BelieverSalon.comBlackbookSt. Ann’s ReviewPost Road,  and, among others.  Her personal essays have been included in several anthologies: Love is a Four Letter Word The Marijuana ChroniclesWomen in Clothes , and her Believer interview with Laurie Anderson was included in Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of the Believer Music Interviews, 2014.

She has published twelve novels, nine for children (the Frankly, Frannie, series for Penguin under the name, A.J. Stern), two for young adults (You’re So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah and its sequel, under the name, Fiona Rosenbloom) and one novel of literary fiction, The Long Haul, under her real name. Her most recent book is a memoir called Little Panic.  She’s held several fellowships at both The MacDowell Colony (once as the Philip Morris Company Fellow) and at Yaddo.  In 2012 she was a NYFA fiction fellow.  She lives in Brooklyn.


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