Amanda Foreman

Host, Seriously Entertaining NYC

Dr. Amanda Foreman is an award-winning historian, and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times and The Smithsonian Magazine. Her first book, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, was an international bestseller, and won the 1998 Whitbread Prize for Biography. It has been developed into a television documentary, a radio play starring Dame Judi Dench and the Oscar-winning film, The Duchess. Her second book, A World on Fire, was also a bestseller and won the Fletcher Pratt Award for Civil War History. It was a runner-up for five further awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was chosen by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2011. In 2015 Foreman wrote and presented the critically acclaimed BBC2 series, The Ascent of Woman, which will be released on Netflix in April 2016.

Foreman divides her time between London and New York, where she founded House of SpeakEasy, a non-profit organization that works with local communities to bring writers and audiences together in innovative ways. She is also a trustee of the Whiting Foundation, and is currently the 2016 chair of The Man Booker Prize. Her new book, The World Made by Women: A History of Women from the Apple to the Pill, is scheduled to appear in 2017.

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