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Priscilla Gilman

Priscilla Gilman is a former professor of English literature at both Yale University and Vassar College and the author of The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy (Harper, 2011), a beautiful exploration of one woman’s expectations and hopes for her children, her family, and herself, and of the ways in which we are all capable of reimagining our lives and finding joy in the most unexpected circumstances.

The Anti-Romantic Child, Gilman’s first book, was excerpted in Newsweek and featured on the cover of its international edition in April 2011. It was an NPR Morning Edition Must-Read, Slate‘s Book of the Week, selected as one the Best Books of 2011 by the Leonard Lopate Show, and chosen as a Best Book of 2011 by The Chicago Tribune. The Anti-Romantic Child was one of five nominees for a Books for a Better Life Award for Best First Book and was awarded the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, rewarding the best in family-friendly media and literature.

Gilman writes about literature, parenting, autism, and education and reviews fiction and literary non-fiction for the Daily Beast, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times’ Motherlode, The Chicago Tribune, MORE magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post Parents, the Boston Globe, and Real Simple magazine. Her December 2012 New York Times op-ed, “Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown,” and her August 25th 2013 New York Times Book Review Back Page Essay, “Early Reader,” both went viral. A prize-winning teacher with a background in the performing arts, Gilman is a captivating speaker whose warmth, dynamism, and accessibility make her a highly sought-after speaker for schools, conferences, and organizations. She lives in New York City with her family. @Priscillagilman