|‘Orange is the New Black’ author to speak at SSU
Meet the author and learn about the true story behind the hit television series “Orange is the New Black” at a lecture featuring Piper Kerman.
The event, featuring the author of “Orange Is the New Black,” takes place Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Sonoma State University.
The story of a woman in her 30s sentenced to 15 months in prison (after being convicted of a decade old crime of transporting money for her drug dealing girlfriend) was adapted into an original Netflix series.
The Washington Post heralded “Orange is the New Black” as “the best TV show about prison ever made.” The series was also lauded by Time's television critic James Poniewozik for “the stunningly matter-of-fact way it uses the prison to create one of TV’s most racially and sexually diverse – and as important, complex– dramas and contrasts the power and class dynamics inside the prison with those outside the prison.”
In her memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman's Prison,” Kerman recounts the 15 months she spent in the Danbury Correctional Facility for a crime she had committed 10 years prior as a very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking.
Compelling, moving and often hilarious, the stories of the women she met while in prison raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, the odd cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison.
General admission is $15, and SSU students with ID get in free. Tickets are available at the SSU box office, (707) 664-4246 or at https://tickets.sonoma.edu/Online.