Ms. Maynard is sponsored by Phi Beta Pi Fraternity - Arizona Alpha Chapter
Joyce Maynard is the author of sixteen books, including her latest novel, “Under the Influence,” and the best-selling memoir, “At Home in the World,” which was translated into twelve languages. In 2014, her novel “Labor Day” was made into a film, adapted and directed by Jason Reitman, and starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
She first came to national attention when she was a freshman at Yale in 1973, with the publication of her New York Times cover story “An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life.” When it was first published in 1998, At Home in the Worldset off a furor in the literary world and beyond. Joyce Maynard's memoir broke a silence concerning her relationship at age eighteen with J.D. Salinger, the famously reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, then age fifty-three, who had read the story she wrote for The New York Times and sent her a letter that changed her life. Reviewers called her book "shameless" and "powerful" and its author was simultaneously reviled and cheered.
Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for The New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in over fifty papers nationwide, a regular contributor to NPR and national magazines including Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, MORE, Salon, and many more. Her essays have been widely published in collections, and featured in The New York Times. As a fiction writer she has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.
Maynard has taught at writing programs around the country, including the Lake Atitlan Writing Workshop in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala, which she founded in 2002. She performs as a storyteller with The Moth in New York City and with Porchlight in San Francisco. Her new book--a memoir titled The Best of Us--will be published in fall, 2017.