Book Talk with Scarsdale's own Dan O'Brien

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Dan O’Brien is a playwright, poet, librettist, and essayist whose recognition includes a Guggenheim Fellowship and two PEN America Awards. His most recent plays are The Body of an American and The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage. His debut poetry collection War Reporter received the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. In 2021 he published his fourth book of poems, Our Cancers, as well as an essay collection entitled A Story That Happens: On Playwriting, Childhood, & Other Traumas. He was raised in Scarsdale, New York, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actor and writer Jessica St. Clair, and their young daughter Isobel. Website:

Join author Dan O’Brien for an online reading of selections from his two new books: the poetry collection Our Cancers, recently featured on NPR and in Katie Couric Media, and his essay collection A Story That Happens, hailed in the Times Literary Supplement as “a book for our times,” and in the Los Angeles Times as a “master class in survival through art.” A short question-and-answer period will follow the reading.