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Friday, February 5, 2010

Girl Who Fell Author Heidi Durrow ’95 To Discuss Personal Stories on March 1


Author Heidi W. Durrow ’95 will give a Dean’s Lecture on Monday, March 1, 2010, at Yale Law School. Titled “The World’s Dream About Itself: The Story You Must Tell,” it will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge. It is free and open to the public. 

Durrow is author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, published earlier this year by Algonquin Books and hailed as a “Top 10 Book of 2010” by the Boston Herald. A coming-of-age tale—part love story and part mystery—it was chosen by Barbara Kingsolver for the 2008 Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change, established to support the imagination of humane possibilities. Durrow will read from the novel and muse on the importance of personal stories in moving toward a more peaceful and humane world. She will sign copies of her book earlier in the day, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 77 Broadway.

Durrow is a graduate of Stanford, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and Yale Law School. She has worked as a corporate litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and as a consultant to the National Football League and National Basketball Association. She is co-host of the award-winning weekly podcast, Mixed Chicks Chat, and co-founder of the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival.

She received a Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Writers, and a Jentel Foundation Residency. She won top honors in the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and the Chapter One Fiction Contest. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Essence magazine, and Newsday.