The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker
In 1957, as a fresh-from-the-Midwest college graduate, Janet Groth was hired
as a receptionist for the New Yorker magazine, a position she held for the next 21 years.
During that time she ran interference for angry wives checking on adulterous husbands;
drank with famous writers at legendary watering holes throughout Greenwich Village;
and was seduced, two-timed, proposed to, and manipulated by a few of the eccentric
inhabitants of the New Yorker’s 18th floor offices. In a tale that’s a little bit Mad Men
and a little bit The Best of Everything, Groth’s memoir offers a fresh and intimate
perspective. Emeritus professor at SUNY, she ahs also taught at Columbia University,
Vassar, and Yale. Help us welcome her at a reception with cocktails and appetizers.