Listen in as two local authors, Christine Sneed and Gioia Diliberto, discuss the intersection of fame, sex, and feminism as related to their respective new books. Christine Sneed’s newest story collection, The Virginity of Famous Men, features protagonists attempting to make peace with the choices--both personal and professional--they have made. Long intrigued by love and loneliness, Sneed leads readers through emotional landscapes both familiar and uncharted. These probing stories are explorations of the compassionate and passionate impulses that are inherent in--and often the source of--both abiding joy and serious distress in every human life. Christine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts and the story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry. She received the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, Ploughshares' Zacharis First Book Award, and the Chicago Writers Association's Book of the Year Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere.
In her sweeping biography Diane Von Furstenberg: A Life Unwrapped, Gioia Dilberto brings to life the iconic designer. The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Furstenberg burst onto New York's fashion scene in 1969 and within a few years became an international sensation with the creation of the wrap dress. Embraced by American women of all ages, sizes, and shapes, the dress became a cult object and symbol of women's liberation. Gioia is the author of two novels and four biographies. In addition to being the author of several books about strong women, Dilberto is a journalist who has contributed to such publications as the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Vanity Fair. She is also a visiting lecturer in writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design and DePaul University. The mother of a grown son, Gioia lives with her husband in Chicago, where she is at work on her seventh book.