August 12: Cocktails and Conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn

 

Join Ms. for Cocktails and Conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn!

Join us for the Summer 2019 meeting of #MsBookClub, featuring Lamba Literary Award-winning author Nicole Dennis-Benn and Ms. Managing Digital Editor Carmen Rios in conversation with attendees about her new novel PATSY. The event will feature a reception with custom cocktails, a reading by the author and a book signing.

Join us on August 12, 2019
6 PM: Doors Open + Reception Begins
7 PM: Q&A Begins
8:30 PM: Book Signing Begins

…at the Ms. Offices
433 S Beverly Drive
Los Angeles, CA

FREE for Lifetime Members | $10 for Ms. Members | $20 for Non-Members

Non-member tickets include admission to the reception and book signing and a one-year membership to Ms.—including print and digital access to the magazine and discounted access to future Ms. events.


About Nicole

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the novel PATSY and her debut novel, HERE COMES THE SUN. Dennis-Benn is a Lambda Literary Award winner and a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Grant and has previously taught in the writing programs at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, NYU, Sarah Lawrence College and City College; and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Lambda, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Hurston/Wright, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Book

Nicole Dennis-Benn’s PATSY follows two characters: Patsy, who immigrates to the United States for opportunity and to join the woman she loves, and Tru, the child Patsy leaves behind in Jamaica who is mourning the absence of her mother, as well as reckoning with how her community misgenders her.

“Because I am a queer woman, sometimes other queer people ask me if it’s safe to visit Jamaica,” author Alexia Arthurs wrote in her review of the book for Ms. “To many, Jamaica appears to be one of the most homophobic places on Earth, but every place is more than the headlines we’ve read or what we’ve been told. PATSY reminds us of this.”

Nicole will be signing books on-site.  Click here to purchase the book and part of your purchase will support Ms.!

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

One response to “August 12: Cocktails and Conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn

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