Variations: The Yaddo Benefit

Join us as we celebrate our writers and artists at a series of exclusive private dinners and performances in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

New York

JENNIFER EGAN and ANDRÉ ACIMAN

Hosted by Patricia Towers | May 17

Listen in as two literary powerhouses join forces for an evening of sparkling conversation: Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan, whose majestic World War II novel Manhattan Beach debuts in October, talks shop with André Aciman, whose latest tale of conflicting desires (Enigma Variations) has earned widespread critical acclaim.


A CABARET EVENING AT PANGEA

Hosted by Joseph Keckler and John Kelly | May 16

Celebrated singer/songwriter/performance artists Joseph Keckler, John Kelly and Carol Lipnik join emcee Mike Albo for a cabaret evening of songs and stories at fabled East Village nightspot Pangea.


GARY SHTEYNGART and JAY MCINERNEY -SOLD OUT-

Hosted by Janice Lee and Joe Bae | May 16

Please note this event has sold out. 

Join award-winning author Gary Shteyngart and renowned novelist/wine critic Jay McInerney in conversation over a curated selection of special wines from the cellar of Janice Lee and Joe Bae, who will host at their Upper East Side townhouse.


JAMES HANNAHAM

Hosted by Margaret Sundell | May 17

-SOLD OUT- 4Columns editor Margaret Sundell opens her home for an evening with Pen/Faulkner award winner James Hannaham, whose darkly comic masterpiece Delicious Foods was hailed as a tour-de-force. Prepare to be riveted: The Washington Post called Hannaham “an author determined to make you put down your iPhone, shut up and listen.”


DAN BARBER and ADAM PLATT

Hosted by Katherine Rosman and Joseph Ehrlich | May 16

Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns chef and food visionary Dan Barber (The Third Plate) dishes with longtime New York restaurant critic Adam Platt about the culinary scene, the dirty secrets of the farm-to-table movement, and some radical thoughts on the future of food—in the private dining room of Chelsea arts club Norwood.


AYAD AKHTAR

Hosted by Joseph and Anya Stiglitz | May 17

-SOLD OUT-A chance to meet one of America’s most talked-about playwrights, Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar, whose riveting new drama, Junk—set in the hotbed of the ‘80s junk bond era—will open at Lincoln Center this fall. The all-star evening unfolds at the home of Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and noted journalist Anya Schiffrin Stiglitz.


LISA CORTÉS and JAY WADLEY

Hosted by Susan Unterberg and A.M. Homes | May 17

Oscar-nominated producer Lisa Cortés (Precious) and rising-star composer Jay Wadley (Indignation) offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of their upcoming film, Double Play, directed by Ernest Dickerson (Juice) and based on the Caribbean classic novel. Yaddo Board co-chairs Susan Unterberg and A.M. Homes host at historic Keens Steakhouse.


THOMAS BELLER and CLARA BINGHAM

Hosted by Clara Bingham | May 17

Clara Bingham, whose most recent book, Witness to the Revolution, chronicles the protest movements of the late 60’s, opens her Central Park West apartment for a conversation with author and J.D. Salinger biographer Thomas Beller (The Escape Artist) about that turbulent era, its link to current tides of political dissidence, and the role of the writer in moments of cultural volatility.


TARIK O’REGAN

Hosted by Gail Gregg | May 15*

Contemporary classical composer Tarik O’Regan offers an exclusive backstage view into the process of bringing a bold project to fruition—in this case, his lauded full-length ballet Mata Hari, commissioned by the Dutch National Ballet—from initial inspiration to premiere night.


Washington D.C.

MOLLY HASKELL and DANIEL MENDELSOHN

Hosted by Ambassador Peter Wittig and Huberta von-Voss Wittig, with Mike and Stacie Arpey | May 1*

Legendary film critic Molly Haskell considers the subject of her most recent book, Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films, with noted author and cultural critic Daniel Mendelsohn. The setting is the spectacular Residence of the German Ambassador.


San Francisco

GISH JEN and LYNN FREED

Hosted by Ann and Paul Chen | May 16

Chinese-American author Gish Jen (The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap) joins South African writer (and fellow Yaddo alum) Lynn Freed (The Last Laugh) in a wide-ranging conversation about cultural divides and finding one’s place in the world. Ann and Paul Chen host in their art-filled home in Pacific Heights.


Los Angeles

SUSAN ORLEAN and MEREDITH MARAN

Hosted by Meredith Maran | May 17

Dashed expectations, late-life reinvention, navigating the unexpected, and why women need to embrace ambition: Everything is on the table when bestselling author (The Orchid Thief) and The New Yorker writer Susan Orlean joins fellow author and co-conspirator Meredith Maran (The New Old Me) in a freewheeling conversation.


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