Couldn’t make it to one of our events? No worries, we record most of them and share them on this page.
Joan Silber, author of Secrets of Happiness, Interviewed by Her Friend and NextTribe Contributor Sheila Weller
We were thrilled to have as our guest the acclaimed author Joan Silber, author of the new highly praised book Secrets of Happiness. She’s been called the U.S. version of Alice Munro and has won numerous kudos, including the National Book Critics Award and the Pen/Faulkner Award for her novel Improvement. Interviewing her is her longtime friend (and NextTribe contributor) Sheila Weller.
Vanessa O’Brien Talks about the Records She Has Set on Everest and Other Mountains and her new book, To The Greatest Heights.
We all go to live vicariously through Vanessa O’Brien, who started mountain climbing at age 45 and went on to set records for the fastest woman to achieve the Seven Summits and the Explorers Grand Slam. Her new book, To The Greatest Heights, is filled with great adventure tales, but also humor, insight into life and human nature, and inspiration for anyone making changes in her life or aiming for new goals.
Kristin van Ogtrop Talks About Her Book, Did I Say That Out Loud?
Kristin van Ogtrop, the former editor-in-chief of Real Simple, has published a hilarious new book called Did I Say That Out Loud?: Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them. We laughed out loud with her as she talked about post-colonoscopy near-disasters, friendships at this age, secrets to long-term marriage, and how she got her grown kids to dance a conga line with her.
Annabelle Gurwitch on Her Book, You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility
Annabelle Gurwitch is just as engaging in person as she is on the page. The bestselling humorist stopped in to talk to us about her new book, You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility. We rarely see books that deal with economic fragility and Gurwitch handles it in a way we can all relate to and even laugh about. Our discussion was wide-ranging, and beyond money and aging, we talked about sex, our fantasy retirement, and adapting when life at this age doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would.
Rising Above Ageism and Sexism in the Workplace
We had a lively, informative panel discussion on seizing opportunities in the office and beyond, moderated by Cathie Black (left), with Bonnie Marcus (center) and Joann S. Lublin on the panel. Joann S. Lublin is the longtime Wall Street Journal career columnist and the author of POWER MOMS: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life. Bonnie Marcus is a career coach and author of NOT DONE YET! How Women Over 50 Regain Their Confidence and Claim Workplace Power. Cathie Black is the former president of Hearst Magazines and the author of BASIC BLACK: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life).
Invincible Not Invisible: Our Virtual Out Loud Event
Tired of not being able to gather in person, we created an online event that approximates the spirit and energy of our in-person Out Loud series. The event included a happy hour, a segment of music performed by women in our age group, virtual vendor booths, and a dance party. Here we offer the five speakers at our event: Norma Kamali, Marta Kauffman, Jill Angelo, Maya Wiley and Fran Drescher. Enjoy!!
Sara Nelson Book Pitch Session: The VP of HarperCollins Gives Advice About Developing Ideas for Books.
12 NextTribers were chosen to develop their book ideas with Sara Nelson, VP and Executive Editor of HarperCollins. She covered everything from how to find an agent to the 4 questions to answer in a pitch to an agent/editor. The 12 students will be pitching their ideas to Nelson on Sunday, Jan. 24th. You can still get tickets to see the Sunday event.
Finding Meaning in a Shitstorm of a Year
As we end the most difficult year in modern history, therapist Sherry Amatenstein, the host of the podcast “Sherapy,” helps us make sense of it all and find a way forward. Sherry’s guests include novelist and psychotherapist Fran Dorf, and Dr. Julia Barclay, who has experience with long-haul COVID symptoms. We work through the shocking events of the year, and discuss how they might change us and the country for the better in 2021 and beyond.
Women Lead the Healing Panel Discussion
We are proud to host an important and enlightening panel discussion among 3 red-voting women and 3 blue voters, to see what shade of purple we might reach as we go for understanding and compassion. Moderated by Sherry Amatenstein, therapist, journalist, and host of the podcast “Sherapy.”
The Knee Replacement Journey
NextTribe’s co-founder, Jeannie Ralston, is in a conversation about total knee replacement with ATTUNE® Knee replacement patient Laurie Barrett, and her husband, Dr. Bill Barrett, who is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in primary and revision hip and knee replacement.
Session 1 of Our TV Pitch Workshop with Marta Kauffman, Co-Creator of Friends and Grace and Frankie
NextTribe hosted an extraordinary event with Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of Friends and Grace and Frankie. In this session, she worked with 12 NextTribers, who were selected out of almost 100 applicants, on how to develop a TV pitch. You too can learn from a master. In our next session on Sunday, Oct. 25th, the 12 women will be pitching their ideas to Marta. If you want to watch the pitches, you can get your ticket here.
Our Discussion with Media Critic Barbara Lippert About The Social Dilemma
Well-known media critic Barbara Lippert helps us break down the new documentary The Social Dilemma. We talk about the impact of social media on our lives and our democracy and what, if anything, we can do about it.
The NextTribe Interview: Pamela Redmond Gives Us the Backstory on her Novels Younger and Older
What a fabulous evening hearing all about the origins of the novel Younger, which was turned into the hit TV show Younger, and the writing of the sequel, Older. Pam shared her experience and insights and told us what it’s like to Go Hollywood.
The NextTribe Interview: Patricia Morrisroe Delves into the Rich History Behind Her New Novel About Beethoven
Who knew that Vienna in the early 19th Century was filled with so many fascinating characters and sexual liberties? Patricia Morrisroe did, and she’s captured them beautifully in her new novel, The Woman in the Moonlight, which tells the love story behind one of Beethoven’s most famous compositions.
The NextTribe Interview: Bestselling Novelist Mary Alice Monroe Talks About the Intersection of Art and Environmentalism
Mary Alice Munroe told us about her writing (24 books, including the bestselling The Beach House series) and her environmentalism and how she weaves conservation topics into the plot of her books, most of which take place in the Low Country around Charleston, SC. Her latest novel is On Ocean Boulevard.
The NextTribe Interview: Author Lori Sokol and Taina Bien-Aime talk about How Women Will Save the World
Lori Sokol, author of She is Me: How Women Will Save the World, and Taina Bien-Amie discuss the need for women’s leadership today. Sokol is the executive director of Women’s eNews. Bien-Amie is the executive director of Coalition Against Trafficking of Women and is profiled in Sokol’s book.
The NextTribe Interview: Author Amy Ferris and TV Producer Marta Kauffman on Female Friendships
What a heartfelt conversation about the importance of friends, especially as we grow older and especially during COVID! Author Amy Ferris and TV Producer Marta Kauffman (Friends, Grace and Frankie) talk about their “miraculous” friendship and how to meet new friends and be a good friend to other women.
The NextTribe Interview: Erica Heller (One Last Lunch) and Muffie Meyer (Grey Gardens)
We had a wonderful talk about lost loved ones, regrets, finding peace, and seizing the moment with Erica Heller, editor of One Last Lunch: A Final Meal with Those Who Meant So Much to Us, and Muffie Meyer, a film director who contributed an essay to the book. Heller tells us about pulling the book together and two imagined lunches she wrote about with her father, Joseph Heller (Catch 22). Meyer talks about the subject of her essay, Little Edie Beale, who she came to know as a co-director of the classic documentary Grey Gardens.
Thriving Through Menopause, Part 3: Fitness, Energy, and Sleep
We talked to Dr. Anne Kennard, OB/GYN, Integrative Medicine physician, yoga instructor, and fitness expert Carla Kemp about ways to live a healthier lifestyle and to ensure our bodies are working the best they can be. This is Part 3 of our thriving through menopause series, sponsored by Nutrafol.
Thriving Through Menopause: Part 2: Menopause and Stress
In part 2 of our 3 part series on thriving through menopause, we tackle the issue of Menopause and Stress. Our guests, Dr. Valerie Callender and Darcey Steinke, author of the acclaimed book, Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life, spoke about internal and external causes of stress during this time and how to find relief. Sponsored by Nutrafol.
Artist Interview: Joan Kron, director of the Documentary, Take My Nose…Please!
We had a lovely talk with 92-year-old Joan Kron, who has had a legendary career as a journalist and then in her late 80s she shifted to directing documentaries. Her first (but not her last) film is Take My Nose…Please! about women and plastic surgery. She’s an inspiration and the poster child for Aging Boldly!!
Author Interview: Leslie Gray Streeter, Author of Black Widow
We talk to the wonderful Leslie Gray Streeter about recovering from grief, the subject of her refreshingly light and approachable memoir, Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like “Journey” in the Title.
Author Interview: Sheila Weller on Writing About Iconic Women
Best-selling author Sheila Weller talks about how she researched her books and got access to key players for books such as Girls Like Us. She’ll also told us what she’s learned from Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Christiane Amanpour and Carrie Fisher.
The Tribe Cooks: Patricia Greenberg-Grunfeld Makes Dishes with Ingredients on Hand
We had a lovely and informative time “in” Patricia’s kitchen, along with her charming daughter Gabriella. They wrote a book about simple healthy foods and showed us how easy they are to make. Check out Patricia’s website here.
Sunday Salon: Karen Karbo on Self-Acceptance
Karen Karbo, author of the new book Yeah, No. Not Happening, tells us why she’s finally done with self-help efforts and is embracing her imperfect self. And how you can be too.
Author Interview: Christina Chiu, author of Beauty
In the award-winning novel, Beauty, Christina Chiu has created a glamorous milieu in which her character, Amy Wong, struggles to make her mark and transcend drastic setbacks and cultural and familial expectations.
Author Interview: Elizabeth Wetmore, author of the instant bestseller Valentine.
We can’t decide which we love most: Elizabeth Wetmore’s novel of strong women rising to meet the moment in a West Texas town OR Wetmore’s own story of publishing her debut novel at age 52. We talk about both here, and, you know what, we are happy that we don’t HAVE to decide. Enjoy!
Sunday Salon: Spike Gillespie on the Art of Doing Nothing>
We were happy to talk to Spike Gillespie and Steve Eckelman, co-authors of Sleeping Bees: Why Doing Nothing Matters. Their truly timely book is helpful to all of us who are grappling with more time to do nothing and want to make it meaningful.
Author Interview: Laurie Gwen Shapiro, author of The Stowaway
Laurie Gwen Shapiro gives us background on her wonderful adventure book, The Stowaway, and on her upcoming book about Amelia Earhart’s great love affair. She also offers concrete tips for any writer working on narrative non-fiction, including research and how to make a project more attractive to publishers. We love her enthusiasm and her willingness to share.
Sunday Salon: Ashton Applewhite on Ageism in the Time of COVID 19
We had a wonderful interactive discussion with anti-ageism expert Ashton Applewhite. The main thrust of the conversation was: What is this pandemic teaching us about ageism? She gave us ideas on how to confront ageism, especially now, and offered inspiration and encouragement as we continue to Age Boldly.
Sunday Salon: Ricki Fairley on Resilience
Ricki Fairley, marketing executive, cancer survivor and all-around bad ass, speaks about resilience, something we’re all striving for right now. Last October in New York City, Ricki Fairley wowed the crowd at the NextTribe Out Loud event with her story of survival, resolve, and resilience. Eight years ago, she defied a breast cancer death sentence and learned what was truly important. We know her story will inspire you now when you need it most.
The Tribe Cooks: Olga Vi Makes Uzbekistan Pilaf
Olga Vi was born and raised in Russia and now lives in Connecticut. She loves to travel and often has a party when she returns home featuring dishes from the destination she just visited. Last Spring, she took a group of NextTribe women to Uzbekistan, and picked up an easy and delicious recipe for a traditional pilaf. Here she shares the process with us, plus enchanting background on the culture.
Sunday Salon: Sherry Amatenstein on Staying Positive and Sane During the Crisis
Author and psychotherapist Sherry Amatenstein answered questions about what to do when you want to cry all the time, how to navigate your relationships when you and spouse are house-bound, how to stop negative thoughts, and more.
Author Interview: Laila Lalami, author of The Other Americans; interviewed by Marion Winik
Part of our Marion Winik Book Club series. Our beloved writer and book critic Marion Winik leads the discussion with Laila Lalami, the author of the bestselling The Other Americans. Lalami, who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her last novel, The Moor’s Account, talks about how she researched and shaped this story about a crime in a small town in California that has wide-ranging implications.
Author Interview: Beverly Willett, author of Disassembly Required: A Memoir of Midlife Resurrection
In her mid-40s, Beverly Willett created (albeit unwillingly) a whole new life for herself after being blindsided by her husband’s infidelity. Now, 17 years after her marriage fell apart, attorney-turned-writer Willett has published her first book, a memoir of that transformative experience.
The introduction of this video was cut off (technology!!); what is missing is co-founder Jeannie Ralston’s introduction of NextTribe contributor Lorraine Glennon, who interviewed Willett.
Author Interview: Laura Zigman, author of the novel Separation Anxiety
Laura Zigman is the bestselling author of Animal Husbandry and three other novel. Her new novel Separation Anxiety is tailor-made for us NextTribers.
Author Interview: Dawn Raffel, the author of The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies.
Please excuse that the beginning of the video was cut off. (Technology learning curve!!) NextTribe co-founder Jeannie Ralston introduced Dawn Raffel, a journalist, memoirist, and short story writer whose work has been widely anthologized. She’s a longtime magazine editor who helped launch O, The Oprah Magazine.
Author Interview: Marion Winik Book Club: Shuggie Bain, with an Appearance by the Author Douglas Stuart.
Please excuse that the beginning of the video was cut off. (Technology learning curve!!) What’s better than a book club where writer/critic Marion Winik picks the books and leads the discussion? When the author of her chosen book makes an appearance! Here Douglas Stuart, the author of Shuggie Bain, which Marion calls a “masterpiece.” We agree.