Journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick will be part of a very special post-show discussion following the June 9th performance of Nice Girl. Bolick, a contributing editor to The Atlantic and the previous executive editor of Domino magazine, will join playwright Melissa Ross on stage to talk about Ross’s play as well as her own book Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own which examines the shifting cultural expectations of women over the decades — and the women who defied those expectations.

Bolick’s book, which was published by Crown publishing in April, is a New York Times Bestseller and has been cited as one of Newsday’s Books Not to Miss, Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Social Science Titles of 2015, and Spinster- High Res JacketVogue.com’s Recommended Spring Books for 2015. In Spinster, Bolick provides a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Using her own experiences as a starting point, Bolick invites readers into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, weaving together the past and present to examine why­ she—along with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing—remains unmarried.

This unprecedented demographic shift, Bolick explains, is the logical outcome of hundreds of years of change that has neither been fully understood, nor appreciated. Spinster introduces a cast of pioneering women from the last century whose genius, tenacity, and flair for drama have emboldened Bolick to fashion her life on her own terms: columnist Neith Boyce, essayist Maeve Brennan, social visionary Charlotte Perkins Gilman, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and novelist Edith Wharton. By animating their unconventional ideas and choices, Bolick shows us that contemporary debates about settling down, and having it all, are timeless—the crucible upon which all thoughtful women have tried for centuries to forge a good life.

Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own can be purchased from local book stores or from Amazon.com by clicking here.

Tickets to the June 9th performance of Nice Girl featuring Bolick’s post-show discussion can be purchased here.

Author’s photo by Willy Somma