Toni Bentley was a dancer for Balanchine's New York City Ballet, and is the author of five New York Times Notable books including Sisters of Salome, and The Surrender: An Erotic Memoir. She writes frequently for Vanity Fair, New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, New York Review of Books, Time, and Playboy among other publications.
Erica Jong is the award-winning author of more than 25 books including the 1973 feminist cult classic Fear of Flying, Sugar in My Bowl, Any Woman’s Blues, and, most recently, Fear of Dying.
Daphne Merkin has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and “T” Magazine, and is currently a contributing writer for ELLE magazine. She is the author of three books including Enchantment, A Novel, and two collections of essays, Dreaming of Hitler and New York Times Notable The Fame Lunches. Her new book is titled This Close to Happy, A Reckoning With Depression.
Amy Sohn is the author of the novels Prospect Park West, Motherland, The Actress, My Old Man, and Run Catch Kiss. She has written extensively about sex, feminism and relationships, and is a former columnist at New York Magazine and New York Press.
Elisabeth Ladenson (moderator)
Elisabeth Ladenson is a professor of French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and author of Proust’s Lesbianism, and Dirt for Art’s Sake: Books on Trial from Madame Bovary to Lolita. She is currently working on a book about Colette.
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