Tawni O'Dell is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, will speak at 7 p.m. April 3 in Suite on Main North Theater. Her talk is the final event in the 2017-2018 Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series, “Work and the American Dream.” The event is free and open to the public.
O'Dell was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania, the territory she portrays in her novels with such striking authenticity. She attended Northwestern University where she received a degree in journalism and spent many years living in the Chicago area before returning to Pennsylvania where she raised her two children. She now lives in New York.
O'Dell has written six novels including "Back Roads," the Oprah Book Club pick soon to be released as a film starring Alex Pettyfer and Juliette Lewis with a screenplay penned by O'Dell. She also wrote and co-produced the popular podcast, "Rewrites," a comedy about writers with a serious message about the importance of reading. Her novels have been published in over 40 countries, and her work has appeared in anthologies, magazines, blogs and newspapers around the world.
Presently, O'Dell is in pre-production with her debut Broadway play, "A Particular Shade of Green," scheduled to open this season.