Since 1851, The New York Times Obituary desk has published thousands of eulogies, most of them recounting the lives and achievements of remarkable white males. Our new series “Overlooked” seeks to right the wrongs of omission by writing the stories of incredible women and minorities who were left out of The Times’s obit pages.
To celebrate the series, The Times and PEN America invite you to a live reading and conversation on surfacing these forgotten stories. Join series editor Amy Padnani, Timesreporter Nikita Stewart, and best-selling author Lidia Yuknavitch at Hollywood Forever Cemetery to discuss the series’s impact in the era of the #MeToo movement and beyond. Times Assistant Managing Editor Monica Drake will moderate a discussion about the power of the written record—from its omissions to its inclusions—and the work of maintaining it.
The evening features special appearances by Francis Ford Coppola, Atsuko Okatsuka, Michele Selene Ang, Storm Reid, and guests to read from “Overlooked.” The event will be followed by a cocktail reception hosted by Great Women Spirits by Francis Ford Coppola, beverages celebrating women who defied social conventions and made history.