I Totally Meant to Do That reading

May 20, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Elna Baker is a writer and comedian who has appeared on This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, BBC Radio 4, All Things Considered, RadioLab, Studio 360, and at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She’s written for ELLE Magazine, Glamour, Men’s Journal, O Magazine and Five Dials Literary Journal. As a solo-performer she created the shows: If You See Something, Say Something, A Mexican-Mormon and A Book of Over-Dramatic Confessions. Her memoir The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance was published Penguin.  Currently she is the co-host and co-creator of The Talent Show www.thetalentshowbrandvarietyshow.com and a writer for www.xoJane.com

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus met at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where they both graduated with concentrations in Arts in Education. Before teaming up to write The Nanny Diaries, Kraus had continued in the arts and McLaughlin worked as a business consultant within the private and public sectors.  Newsweek declared McLaughlin and Kraus’s The Nanny Diaries a ‘phenomenon.’ It is a #1 New York Times best-seller and the longest-running hardcover best seller of 2002.  It went on to become a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney and Alicia Keys.  Their follow up novels, Citizen Girl, Dedication, and Nanny Returns were also New York Times bestsellers. McLaughlin and Kraus have appeared numerous times on CNN, MSNBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight and The View. Their work and partnership have been covered in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, TIME, Elle, Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar.  They have contributed to The London Times and The New York Times as well as two short story collections to benefit The War Child Fund: Big Night Out and Girls’ Night Out.  In addition to writing for television and film, they travel around the country speaking to women and teens about gender issues, media literacy, and professional collaboration.

Jane Borden is an author, arts-and-entertainment magazine editor, and comedic performer in New York City. New York Magazine labeled her new book, a memoir in essays, titled I Totally Meant to Do That, “Lowbrow-Brilliant”. Her humorous writing has also appeared in two collections, The New York Times Magazine, and Modern Bride, and on Saturday Night Live.