Janice Y.K. Lee cordially invites you to

Variations 2024

A private dinner and conversation celebrating Yaddo’s vital contributions to the arts,
with Guests of Honor Jennifer Egan and Andrew Solomon

Wednesday, May 29th

6:30 p.m. Cocktails

7:00 p.m. Program & Dinner

A sparkling evening of conversation, cocktails, and dinner in the company of friends.
Our Guests of Honor:

Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection.  Her 2017 novel, Manhattan Beach, a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was chosen as New York City’s One Book One New York read.  Her previous novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was recently named one of the best books of the decade by Time Magazine and Entertainment Weekly.  Her new novel, The Candy House, a companion to A Visit From the Goon Squad, was named one of the New York Times’s 10 Best Books of 2022 and one of President Obama’s favorite reads of the year. She recently completed a term as President of PEN America and is currently Artist-in-Residence in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania.  Also a journalist, her year-long reporting on street homelessness and supportive housing in New York City was published in The New Yorker in September 2023.

Andrew Solomon, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, a Lecturer in Psychology at Yale University, and past President of PEN American Center. He is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts. Andrew writes regularly for The New Yorker and The New York Times. His 2012 book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and was chosen as one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012. His subsequent book, Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World, was published in 2016 and has been named a New York Times Notable Book. He previously wrote The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which won the 2001 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. Most recently, he made an award-winning film of Far from the Tree, available on Hulu, and an audio book called New Family Values. Andrew lives with his husband and son in New York and London and is a dual national. He also has a daughter with a college friend.