Writer, Feminist Susan Faludi Discusses New Book, ‘In the Darkroom’

Susan Faludi

Pulitizer-Prize winning journalist Susan Faludi recently spoke on campus and read from her 2016 Kirkus Prize winning book, In the Darkroom. The book was named one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2016. Currently a research associate in Bowdoin’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, Faludi previously was a Tallman Scholar at Bowdoin, teaching courses such as Writing Women and Is Feminism a Dysfunctional Family?

In the Darkroom chronicles the aftermath of an email Faludi received from her father in Hungary with the subject line “Changes.” Without telling anyone, Faludi’s father, at 76 years old, underwent gender reassignment surgery, transitioning from Steven to Stefánie. In the Darkroom follows Faludi’s reconnection with her father after 25 years of estrangement. Faludi’s book is not just a personal recounting of events, but also an analysis of the “treacherous landscape of identity” and its larger implications. Read more in Bowdoin News.

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