Wednesday, October 20


Writers on Writing #2


Diane Johnson with Alan Riding 

The Global Women’s Caucus Feminist Reading Group welcomes Diane Johnson to our inaugural Feminist Literary Festival!

Diane Johnson’s latest book, Lorna Mott Comes Home, follows a middle-aged American woman living abroad in contemporary France, who needs to reclaim her professional identity. The heroine leaves France where she lives with her French husband and returns home to California. Where does she belong today? To her country of origin? To herself? Diane Johnson leads readers to ponder many pivotal questions facing people who live between two cultures.

A writer of both fiction and non-fiction, her heroines grapple with money matters, children, husbands, lovers and careers in seemingly light, but deeply penetrating, stories. Le Divorce, a ’90s sensation, was made into a stunning movie (2003) by James Ivory.

If you haven’t read Diane Johnson before, check out her bibliography, listed below, to familiarize yourself with her body of work:


  • Persian Nights (Knopf, 1987)
  • Le Divorce (Dutton, 1997)
  • Le Mariage (Dutton, 2000)
  • L'Affaire (Dutton, 2003)
  • Lulu in Marrakech (Dutton, 2008)
  • Lorna Mott Comes Home (Knopf, 2021)


  • The True History of Mrs. Meredith and Other Lesser Lives (Knopf, 1972)
  • Dashiell Hammett: A Life (1983)
  • Terrorists and Novelists: Essays (Knopf, 1982).
  • Flyover Lives: A Memoir (Viking, 2014)

Writer Alan Riding will be in conversation with Ms. Johnson, followed by audience Q&A.

Alan Riding was the New York Times Paris bureau chief before becoming the paper’s European Cultural Correspondent. He now devotes himself to writing. And The Show Went On, published in 2010, depicted the cultural life in Nazi controlled Paris. It was translated into at least 6 languages, Alan writes plays and is a devotee of Shakespeare!



Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Time


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