Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan at The Fig House

Jennifer Finney Boylan at The Fig House

It's a special sort of feeling when, years out of college, you have the opportunity to hear one of your favorite professors lecture again. Recently I was asked by my alma mater, Colby College, to design and host a brunch during which Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, who you may recognize from I AM CAIT, from her frequent NYTimes contributions, or from her work as the co-chair on the Board of Directors for GLAAD, was going to come speak to us about her new book, Long Black Veil. 

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As you can tell from my face in the photograph above, the day was special to me, and hearing Jenny speak was inspiring in ways I hadn't anticipated. I've been reading her new book, and it is incredible. It's both a page-turning thriller and a piece of beautiful literature. (It's been compared by some to The Goldfinch - a comparison that seems pretty apt.) She's coming to LA again next week for a talk at Book Soup about the book. I'll be there, and I hope to see some of you as well. (Details below)

The Fig House
The Fig House

Event Details

  • Writer and transgender advocate Jennifer Finney Boylan
    Discussing her new novel Long Black Veil
  • Book Soup in Los Angeles
  • May 17th at 7pm.
  • Click the book link for more information about Jenny's new novel.


photography by: tajreen hedayet | venue: the fig house 
catering: room forty | florals: valleybrink road | music: queue dj