Critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author Beth Macy will speak in the Hollins Theatre on Tuesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but in accordance with Hollins’ Culture of Care guidelines for COVID-19, masks are required for all attendees.
A 1993 graduate of Hollins’ Master of Arts program in English and creative writing, Macy is a longtime reporter whose books include Factory Man, Truevine, and Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America. Her latest book is 2022’s Raising Lazarus: The Search for Hope and Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis. Her recognition includes a Lukas Prize for Factory Man, multiple shortlist and best-book-of-the-year honors for Truevine, and a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard University for her newspaper writing. A frequent speaker, teacher, and essayist, she has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Parade, and The Wall Street Journal.
As part of her lecture, two Hollins student journalists will engage in conversation with Macy about her work, her writing craft, and Hollins.
Following the presentation, a reception for Macy will be held in the Wyndham Robertson Library’s Lewis Reading Room. Raising Lazarus will be on sale at the reception, and Macy will be signing copies. Preregistration and proof of vaccination are required to attend the reception in person for those who are not current Hollins students, faculty, or staff.
Macy’s appearance is sponsored by Hollins University’s Distinguished Speaker Series, which is made possible by an endowed fund underwritten by an anonymous alumna.