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Meet New York Times Bestselling Author Dani Shapiro – author of INHERITANCE – in Larchmont


Sep 8, 2019
04:00 PM until 05:30 PM


The Friends of the Larchmont Public Library are pleased to present New York Times bestselling author Dani Shapiro on Sunday, September 8, at 4:00m. The event will open with refreshments at 3:30pm and will be located at Larchmont Temple, 75 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, NY.




In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history – the life she had lived – crumbled beneath her.


Inheritance is a book about secrets – secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in – a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.



Sunday, September 8 at 4:00pm

Reception & Refreshments at 3:30pm

Larchmont Temple, 75 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538

(corner of Larchmont & Willow)


Following the Sunday event with Dani Shapiro, there will be a book discussion focused on Inheritance led by Friends of the Library Board Member Celeste Sharpe on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm, at the Larchmont Library. Dani Shapiro will not attend this discussion.



Dani Shapiro’s books include the memoirs, HourglassStill WritingDevotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work spans diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships. Dani’s New York Times best selling memoir – Inheritance - was published in January of 2019 by Knopf.


Dani’s essays and journalistic pieces have appeared in numerous publications including The New YorkerSalonn+1Tin House, and Vogue, and have been widely anthologized. She contributes regularly to The New York Times Book Review and has been broadcast on This American Life.

Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Dani has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.


In February of 2019, Dani launched an original podcast “Family Secrets” in collaboration with iHeart Media. The podcast features stories from guests who—like Dani— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past.


She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.




View map Larchmont Temple
75 Larchmont Avenue
Larchmont, NY

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