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Saturday, April 22 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Finding the Facts: A Reading and Conversation on Freelance Journalism

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Join us for a reading and conversation on the state of freelance journalism today. Journalism is at the heart of democracy, but it seems it is more challenging than ever to navigate this unique landscape. How do today’s journalists wrestle with public responsibility and the ever blurring line between opinion and fact? What ideas and obstacles does today’s journalistic landscape present to freelance writers? Writers and reporters Sindya Bhanoo, Vanessa A. Bee, and Leah Sotille will discuss the challenges and rewards of being a journalist/freelance reporter today. Sindya is a longtime journalist, who has reported for the New York Times and the Washington Post.  Vanessa’s nonfiction writing has appeared in N+1, The Cut, The New Republic, The Nation, and Guernica, among others. Leah is a contributor to the Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and more. This conversation will be led by Emma Epperly, a general assignment reporter at the Spokesman-Review.

To attend this event, you must purchase a Book Fair & Events Pass which covers entry into our two-day Book Fair and all 17 events taking place at the Montvale Event Center. Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 20th at 8am.

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Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile is the author of When the Moon Turns to Blood: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell and a Story of Murder, Faith and End Times. As a freelance journalist, her features, profiles, investigations and essays have been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy... Read More →
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Sindya Bhanoo

Sindya Bhanoo is the author of the story collection Seeking Fortune Elsewhere, which was the winner of the New American Voices Award and longlisted for the American Library Association’s Carnegie Medal. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Award, the Disquiet Literary Prize and an... Read More →
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Emma Epperly

Emma Epperly is a general assignment reporter at the Spokesman-Review. Previously, she covered breaking news, court, and crime. She previously worked at the Columbia Basin Herald covering the Washington State Legislature. A 2018 graduate of Washington State University, she studied... Read More →
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Vanessa A. Bee

Vanessa A. Bee is a consumer protection lawyer, essayist, and the author of Home Bound: Reflections of an Uprooted Daughter. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in N+1, The Cut, The New Republic, The Nation, and Guernica, among others. Her fiction has appeared in Catapult Magazine... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Ella's Theater 1019 W 1st Ave