The Writing Institute presents author and agent community event with award-winning author Joan Steinau Lester and literary agent Cynthia Manson

The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to present an Author and Agent Community Event with award-winning journalist and author Dr. Joan Steinau Lester and renowned literary agent Cynthia Manson on Wednesday, October 23, from 3-5 p.m. This free-of-charge public reading and discussion will take place in the Slonim House Living Room.

Dr. Lester will read excerpts from her most recently published novel entitled Mama’s Child, which chronicles the life of a biracial family over 23 years and is narrated in alternating voices between the mother and daughter’s perspectives about family and racial identity. Ms. Manson will discuss the process of getting a book published and ask Dr. Lester about her experience. The audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session following the presentation.

As a doctor of multicultural education, a NLGJA Seigenthaler Award winner in journalism, an author of five critically acclaimed books, and a member of a biracial family, Dr. Lester has been at the forefront of defining diversity for 30 years. Ms. Manson is a well-respected literary agent with a notable list of published authors and has worked in both magazine and book publishing.

"We are delighted to provide the community with this extraordinary opportunity to meet and interact with such a distinguished author as Ms. Lester and such a successful literary agent as Ms. Manson," said Director of the Sarah Lawrence Center for Continuing Education David Donnelly. "This free event is made possible through the generosity of our guest speakers and we are grateful for their willingness to share their invaluable literary insights."

Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. For more information, contact Katrina Brown at (914) 395-2205 or  


Dr. Joan Steinau Lester and her novel Mama's Child