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Anthology Release & Cocktail Party: New Stories We Tell

  • The Dial Bookshop 410 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL, 60605 United States (map)

at The Dial


Join Kaylen Ralph, co-editor of New Stories We Tell, and local women in media to discuss the fantastic works of contemporary longform journalism included in this anthology, a collection truly the first of its kind.

New Stories We Tell: True Tales by American's Next Generation of Great Women Journalists, featuring 16 of the most talked-about contemporary magazine writers, represents an evolving canon, one that showcases women’s range as storytellers, their incredible value to cultural commentary, and their roles as arbiters of relevance and urgency.

Join us on October 24 to celebrate the book's release and mingle with other Chicago-area journalists, creatives, writers and readers.

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This is a ticketed event. Event ticket includes a copy of the book (which will be available for pick-up at the event) as well as a signature Koval cocktail. Wine provided by BottlesUp, non-alcoholic beverages and light bites will also be served. Ticket holders will also receive a 15% off coupon that can be applied to the purchase of any of the below titles, all of which were written by women whose magazine writing is included in the anthology!

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

About New Stories We Tell:

Each chapter of the anthology includes a landmark story, a bio, and an interview with the writer. We learn about lives, careers, writing philosophies, tricks of the trade, and backstories. Taken together, the assembled articles—republished from both legacy and new media--paint a picture of the shifting role of the genre known variously as longform, creative or literary nonfiction, and the New Journalism.

Writers: Rachel Aviv, Ann Babe, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Pamela Colloff, Sara Corbett, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Brooke Jarvis, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Sheelah Kolhatkar, Jaeah Lee, Lizzie Presser, Janet Reitman, Lisa Taddeo, Jia Tolentino, Amy Wallace, and Elizabeth Weil.

About the editors:

Kaylen Ralph is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She covers breaking news and politics for Teen Vogue and writes about public policy for the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Joanna Demkiewicz is a marketing director for an independent press.

Both graduates of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, they were co-founders of the groundbreaking publication The Riveter, a longform magazine by women for everyone.

Early praise for New Stories We Tell:

“A well-selected anthology of potent stories by formidable women writers.”—Kirkus Reviews

“I would have killed for this book when I was a young and obsessed reader. I'm now an old and obsessed reader and I can't wait to read (reread) the stories and especially the As Told Tos. I'm honored to be in such amazing company.”—Sara Corbett, coauthor, Becoming by Michelle Obama

“New Stories We Tell is a collection of true stories written by American women journalists. It is a known fact that men dominate the world of nonfiction. This book is different because it brings together the excellent contributions of women journalists on varied topics. I appreciate how the editors celebrate the differences between the writing styles of authors from varied backgrounds. Every story begins with a short biographical account by the writer that helps you to understand the underlying passion and focus of her journalism. Some of the stories are still lingering in my mind after reading the entire book.” 4 OUT OF 4 STARS.—

Later Event: October 24