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Veronica Chambers '87 to Discuss The Meaning of Michelle

Author and alumna Veronica Chambers returns to Bard College at Simon’s Rock on Sunday, August 20, at 7:00 p.m to discuss this year’s Book One selection which all in-coming students were asked to read during the summer, The Meaning of Michelle, 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own, edited by Chambers. The talk, followed by a Q&A, will take place in the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Veronica ChambersThis event is free and open to the public. Reservations recommended:

In The Meaning of Michelle, Chambers solicited, collected, and edited essays from a variety of authors offering their varied perspectives on Michelle Obama and her time in the White House. The New York Times described the book thus:

“Sixteen writers…share what it’s been like to witness Michelle Obama in the White House. ‘Witness’ is the correct word. The first thing most writers admit is that they’ve been unable to take their eyes off her.”

The Simon’s Rock Book One program asks first-year students to read a selection by a contemporary living author over the summer and come ready to discuss the book. Book One authors visit campus to share insights into their inspiration and creative process with students and the community and to hear students’ perspectives on their work.

Veronica Chambers is a prolific author and journalist best known for her critically acclaimed memoir Mama’s Girl. She has recently published the young adult novel The Go-Between and New York Times Bestseller Yes, Chef, which she co-authored with chef Marcus Samuelsson. Veronica graduated from Simon’s Rock with a B.A. in Literary Studies in 1991.

While a student at the college, Chambers undertook a number of publishing internships at Seventeen, Ebony, and The New York Times Magazine, where she went on to become both the youngest editor ever hired and the first black woman editor. Chambers has been a culture writer at Newsweek, the founding editor of Condé Nast’s Glam Latina, and the 2016-17 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.