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Didion Receives Honorary Doctorate from Harvard

  Joan Didion received an honorary Doctorate of Letters today from Harvard University. The Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, the Noble prize-winning scientist Steven Woo, religious historian Wendy Doniger, legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin, immunologist Anthony S. Fauci, anthropologist Sarah Hrdy, engineer Robert Langer, musician Wynton Marsalis, and political scientist Sidney Verba were also awarded with doctorates … Continue reading

Boise Reading Cancelled; Didion “Hospitalised”

Joan Didion will not be coming to Boise for The Cabin’s visiting author series, according to the Idaho Statesman yesterday. “Ms. Didion was hospitalized briefly this week and has been advised not to travel for the May 14 event,” said director Paul Shaffer. The event had been due to take place months ago, but was … Continue reading

‘TYoMT: The Play’ Now In Hartford, Where “Memories Kept Flooding Back”

In a New York Times article, published on April 22nd, 2009, Joan Didion comments on the news that her play, “The Year of Magical Thinking”, is being performed by TheatreWorks  in Hartford, Connecticut, where her deceased husband, the writer John Gregory Dunne grew up.  “It was fantastically green,” Ms. Didion, 74, recalled last month in a telephone … Continue reading

Joyce Carol Oates On Her Not So Didionesque Widowhood

In an interview today in The New York Times, Joyce Carol Oates talks about her reluctance to hire an assistant: I’m too shy to hire anyone. I couldn’t even bear the thought of it. I remember Margaret Drabble saying that it was really hard for her to hire a cleaning woman because it seemed like … Continue reading

Joan Didion Reads At Tulane

Joan Didion read from “The Year of Magical Thinking” last night at Tulane University. One attendee wrote on her Twitter: “Didion wears black tights and camel colored Uggs. Her voice is dry w/o emotion…” To go to the Tulane Creative Writing blog, click here. This is an excerpt from The Times – Picayune blog about … Continue reading

JoanDidion.info Now On Twitter!

We are now on Twitter; An even more convenient way to keep up-to-date with Joan Didion news. Join us: http://twitter.com/joandidioninfo

“I Had To Justify The Emerald”: Joan Didion Attends Kelly Writers House

Joan Didion attended the Kelly Writers House at UPenn on March 30th/31st 2009. *** Click here to read an article about this in the Daily Pennsylvanian. *** Click here to stream the Quicktime video of her reading, with an introduction by Al Filreis, the faculty director of the Writers House. Click here to listen to … Continue reading

New Dates Announced for Vanessa Redgrave’s Performance of “The Year of Magical Thinking: The Play”; Joan Didion and David Hare Will Attend.

  The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York has announced new dates for a special charity performance of “The Year of Magical Thinking: The Play” starring Vanessa Redgrave. The date had been set for April, but was delayed due to the unexpected death of Natasha Richardson, Redgrave’s daughter. It will now … Continue reading

Vanessa Redgrave Says Show Must Go On, Just Not Yet

Vanessa Redgrave will go ahead with a special performance of The Year of Magical Thinking — a one-woman stage show based on Joan Didion’s wrenching account of losing her husband and daughter — despite daughter Natasha Richardson’s recent death, the New York Post reports (incorrectly). The performance at New York’s Cathedral at St. John the Divine is scheduled for … Continue reading

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