Thursday, June 05, 2014

June 2014 Activity - Author Event with Piper Kerman of "Orange is the New Black"

Image of Piper Kerman from
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Alden, McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA
Cost: Free

This event was advertised thusly: "Meet Piper Kerman, author of the bestselling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, which was adapted into the hit Netflix series of the same name. Books available for sale and signing."

And because I (to employ a cringe-worthy term) "binge-watched" (and enjoyed) the first season of this show, and then read Piper Kerman's book on which it was based, I was interested in hearing her speak. (Particularly because I did not like her at all after reading her memoir, as she seemed to take little responsibility for her crime. I know...unusual for a criminal.) 

My neighbor friend went with me as the guest Dilettante. She had never read the book or seen the show, but was intrigued after hearing about it in her alumni magazine. (She also graduated from Smith College, though probably a little after Piper Kerman.) 

The event itself was very interesting. Piper Kerman focused a lot more on prison reform and what she's doing about it and a lot less on the television show and glamorizing what she did in any way. She was a lot more contrite than she came across in her book. 

Fortunately, neither my guest Dilettante nor I was interested in getting a book signed, because an insanely long line was forming as we headed out.