Her words changed the world.

"Orange is the New Black" Author To Speak

Piper Kerman, Author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
December 12    7 PM
Presented by Community Partners in Action, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and Mark Twain House and Museum


Piper KermanCommunity Partners in Action, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and Mark Twain House & Museum welcome Piper Kerman, activist and author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison for an author talk and book signing on Thursday, December 12 at 7 PM at Hartford Stage. Maureen Price-Boreland, Community Partners in Action executive director, will facilitate the conversation.  

Ticket holders take note: 

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you this Thursday night.  PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION!

1.  As a reminder, due to overwhelming demand, the event has been moved to HARTFORD STAGE, 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford.  For directions, visit www.hartfordstage.org. 

2.  Parking is available on the street or in the garage adjacent to the Hartford Stage (event rates will apply).  Please note, if you park at a metered spot before 6 p.m., you need to pay to park until 6 p.m. only.  Please look for "No Parking" signs if you park in a metered spot before 6 p.m. as some are designated no-parking from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. due to rush hour.

3.  Doors to the lobby will open at 6 p.m.  The lobby bar will be open pre-show for refreshments.  Doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating will be general admission on a first come, first served basis.  The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is anticipated to last 90 minutes.  Because the event will be sold out, please allow for time to check in and get your seats.

4.  There will be index cards for audience members to fill out questions for Piper.  We will do our best to have as many questions read onstage, so be sure to think about what you would like to ask and fill out the card when you enter the lobby before the program. 

5.  We will be selling copies of Piper's memoir ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK at the event.  Piper will be signing her book following the discussion.  In addition, we will be selling copies of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK for donation to Connecticut prisoners or former prisoners in the Community Partners in Action resettlement program.  Please consider purchasing an additional copy (or more!) to share Piper's memoir with those who have shared her experience.

6.  We will also be selling copies of the 2013 Stowe Prize-winning book THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS.  An unflinching look at today's prison culture, THE NEW JIM CROW is essential reading for those who want to know more about the state of America's penal system.  In addition, we will be selling packets of note cards utilizing art created by Connecticut prisoners through Community Partners in Action's Prison Arts Program.  These $10 bundles of cards directly benefit CPA's efforts to support prisoner reentry, family support and educational efforts.

7.  Thanks to the Judy Dworin Dance Project, the evening will feature musical performances by WOMEN ON OUR OWN, a group of former prisoners who have created a vocal ensemble.  Prepare to be inspired!

On behalf of The Mark Twain House & Museum, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and Community Partners in Action, we thank you for your ticket purchase and support.  See you on Thursday, December 12!