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Janet Groth

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.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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