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Author Talk with Letty Cottin Pogrebin in conversation with André Bernard

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LETTY COTTIN POGREBIN is an author, activist, and national public speaker.

A founding editor and writer for Ms. Magazine, Pogrebin is also the author of twelve books, ten nonfiction and two novels, including the soon to be published  Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy.  Other recent titles include  How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick, part memoir, part guidebook, and Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate, a novel.  Among her diverser titles are Getting Over Getting Older, and Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America, as well as her acclaimed first novel, Three Daughters, and the pre-feminist classic, How to Make it in a Man’s World. Pogrebin is also the editor of the anthology, Stories for Free Children, and was consulting editor on Free to Be, You and Me, Marlo Thomas’ ground-breaking children’s book, record and television special. 

Besides her nearly 20-year affiliation with Ms. Magazine, Pogrebin has published articles and op-eds in The New York Times, Washington Post, Time MagazineHuffington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, L.A. Times, Toronto Star, The Nation, Harpers Bazaar, and Travel & Leisure, among other publications. She’s been a regular columnist for Moment magazine since 1991, and for 10 years, wrote “The Working Woman” column in The Ladies Home Journal.

A leader in many social justice causes, she served two terms as president of The Authors Guild, a national organization dedicated to the protection of writers’ copyright and contract rights; and two terms as Chair of the Board of Americans for Peace Now, an advocacy organization working to promote a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s devotion to advancing inter-group harmony inspired her participation in a longstanding Black-Jewish dialogue group, as well as in a number of Jewish-Palestinian dialogue groups, one of which is still ongoing after 12 years. She was also a founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus; the Ms. Foundation for Women; the UJA-Federation Task Force on Women; and the International Center for Peace in the Middle East.


She currently serves on the boards of Americans for Peace Now, the Free to Be Foundation, the Harvard Divinity School Women Studies in Religion Program, the Brandeis University Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and The Authors Guild (ex offico). Her honors include a Yale University Poynter Fellowship in Journalism; an Emmy Award for Free to Be You and Me; inclusion in Who’s Who in America; and dozens of awards and commendations from a variety of NGOs, civic organizations and religious and educational institutions. She is a 2018 inductee in the Manhattan Jewish Hall of Fame.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is a graduate of Brandeis University. She lives in New York, NY  and Stockbridge, MA.