Jean Hanff Korelitz: Plot Development

It’s a Plot! Tredyffrin Township Libraries’ Author-in-Residence Jean Hanff Korelitz

Tredyffrin Township Libraries will host New York Times best-selling author Jean Hanff Korelitz as author-in-residence for a series of events September 27–30. Korelitz is the author of eight novels, including The Latecomer and The Plot (both in development for limited series), You Should Have Known (adapted as HBO’s 2020 limited series, The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant) and Admission (the basis for the 2013 film starring Tina Fey).

Plot Development

Thursday September 29, 7:00 pm, King Room, Tredyffrin Public Library

No registration required

On Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 at Tredyffrin Public Library, the author will present Plot Development, a discussion of how her ideas about plot developed over the years as she wrote You Should Have KnownThe Plot, and The Latecomer. Her novel The Plot raises questions about appropriation and who has the right to tell someone else’s story.  “To plagiarise language is to be boiled in oil as far as I’m concerned,” Korelitz says. “But there’s a murkier thing when it comes to the story” (The Guardian, July 23, 2021).

She will also share her observations on the movie adaptations of her work. Korelitz told the Forward in July 2021 that because she never expected to see every detail of her novel translated faithfully to the screen, she’s been able to enjoy watching them as linked but distinct projects. “There’s nothing like the thrill of walking onto a set and seeing hundreds of people running around doing work you don’t understand,” she said. “It’s a very powerful feeling to know that something you created instigated this.”

Event date: 

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Event address: 

Tredyffrin Public Library
582 Upper Gulph Rd
Strafford, PA 19087


The Plot: A Novel By Jean Hanff Korelitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250790750
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Celadon Books - May 3rd, 2022

The Latecomer: A Novel By Jean Hanff Korelitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250790798
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Celadon Books - May 31st, 2022

You Should Have Known: Now on HBO as the Limited Series The Undoing By Jean Hanff Korelitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455599516
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 30th, 2014