Evelyn McDonnell Presents "The World According To Joan Didion"

Author EVELYN MCDONNELL comes to Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00 PM to read from, discuss, and sign copies of her new book The World According to Joan Didion. She will be joined in conversation by LISA REINERTSON. Evelyn's book is an intimate exploration of the life, craft, and legacy of one of the most revered and influential writers, an artist who continues to inspire fans and creatives to cultivate practices of deep attention, rigorous interrogation and beautiful style. (Evelyn's photo credit John Rou. Lisa's photo credit Kurt Fishback)


This a a free event, but you must sign up in advance through Eventbrite or in the store.  Click here to preorder a copy of The World According to Joan Didion.

Joan Didion was a writer’s writer; not only a groundbreaking journalist, essayist, novelist and screenwriter, but a keen observer who honed her sights on life’s telling details. Her insights continue to influence creatives and admirers, encouraging them to become close observers of the world, unsentimental critics, and meticulous stylists. An antidote to a global view that narrows our vision to the smallest screens, The World According To Joan Didion is a meditation on the people, places, and objects that propelled Didion’s prose and an invitation to journalists, storytellers, and life adventurers to “throw themselves into the convulsions of the world,” as she once said.

Evelyn McDonnell, the acclaimed journalist, essayist, critic, feminist, native Californian, and university professor who regularly teaches Didion’s work, is attuned to interpret Didion’s vision for readers today. Inspired by Didion’s own words—from her works both published and unpublished—and informed by the people who knew Didion and those whose lives she shaped, The World According to Joan Didion is an illustrated journey through her life, tracing the path she carved from Sacramento, Portuguese Bend, Los Angeles, and Malibu to Manhattan, Miami, and Hawaii. McDonnell reveals the world as it was seen through Didion’s eyes and explores her work in chapters keyed to the singular physical motifs of her writing: Snake. Typewriter. Hotel. Notebook. Girl. Etc.

One of the first books to be published after the revered writer’s death in 2021, The World According to Joan Didion is a literary companion for those embarking on new journeys and a guide to innovative ways of being. It will radically transform the way you explore the world, and will help you answer the question as you sit in a café, or on a plane or train, pondering the future: What would Joan Didion have seen?

EVELYN McDONNELL has written or coedited multiple books, including Women Who Rock: Bessie to Beyonce, Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl and Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways. She has been a pop culture writer at the Miami Herald and a senior editor at the Village Voice. Her writing has appeared in anthologies and publications, including the New York Times, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Ms., and Billboard. She teaches journalism at Loyola Marymount University and lives in San Pedro, California. https://populismblog.wordpress.com/

LISA REINERTSON is known for both her life size figurative ceramic sculptures and her large-scale public sculptures cast in bronze. Her ceramic work has been in exhibitions and museums nationally and internationally, including the Crocker Art Museum, the American Museum of Ceramic Art, the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, the National Museum of Ceramic Art in Maryland, Museo Internationale della Ceramica, Faenza, Italy, and the Oakland Museum of California. Reinertson has completed over 20 public commissions in bronze including three “Martin Luther King” memorial sculptures: in Kalamazoo, MI, Riverside, CA and the King Hall Law School at UC Davis, the “Cesar Chavez” memorial in downtown Sacramento, “Neptune’s Daughter” in Benicia, CA, and “Joan Didion” in Sacramento.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on October 18th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
The World According to Joan Didion By Evelyn McDonnell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063289079
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: HarperOne - September 26th, 2023