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The second Faculty Pub Night of the 2022-2023 season features Kristin Doidge, Senior Lecturer of Public Relations (College of Communication and Fine Arts). She will discuss her recent book, "Nora Ephron: A Biography."


About Faculty Pub Night: 

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the public are all invited to the 2022-2023 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public.


About the Author's Work:

Nora Ephron was one of the most popular, accomplished, and beloved writers in American journalism and film.Nora Ephron: A Biography is the first comprehensive portrait of the Manhattan-born girl who forged a path of her own, earning accolades and adoration from critics and fans alike. Author Kristin Marguerite Doidge explores the tremendous successes and disappointing failures Ephron sustained in her career as a popular essayist turned screenwriter turned film director. She redefined the modern rom-com genre with bestselling books such as Heartburn and hit movies including When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie & Julia. Doidge also examines the private life Ephron tried to keep in balance with her insatiable ambition. Based on rare archival research and numerous interviews with some of Ephron's closest friends, collaborators, and award-winning colleagues including actors Tom Hanks and Caroline Aaron, comedian Martin Short, composer George Fenton, and lifelong friends from Wellesley to New York to Hollywood—as well as interviews Ephron herself gave throughout her career—award-winning journalist and cultural critic Doidge has written a captivating story of the life of a creative writer whose passion for the perfect one-liner and ferocious drive to succeed revolutionized journalism, comedy, and film.The first in-depth biography to explore the complex themes that ran through Ephron's work and to examine why so many of them still grab our attention today.

"It takes chutzpah to tackle the life of one of America's greatest wordsmiths. But Kristin Marguerite Doidge has given us a lively and well-researched biography of Nora Ephron, one that captures the offbeat charm of the essayist/screenwriter/director/foodie we lost much too soon."
—Beverly Gray, author of Seduced By Mrs. Robinson: How "The Graduate" Became the Touchstone of a Generation
"When Nora was just Nora, before she became the celebrated journalist, essayist, and filmmaker, she would go up to famous people at parties and introduce herself. 'Hi, my name is Nora Ephron' she'd say and invite them over for dinner. And they would come—the most interesting and consequential characters of New York at that time (Joan Didion, Liz Smith, John Gregory Dunne, Barbara Walters). Nora would cook and those dinners were full of good food, good fun, and great conversation. With her rigorous, authentic, and insightful biography of Nora Ephron, Kristin Doidge has gotten us all an invitation to sit around that table—to spend time with Nora and be forever changed by the encounter. This is a brilliant book."
— Caroline Aaron, SAG award-winning actress


About the Author:

Kristin Marguerite Doidge is an award-winning journalist, professor, and speaker based in Los Angeles. Her writing has been featured in The Atlantic, Marie Claire, FORTUNE, xoJane, Bustle, KCRW/NPR, Time Out Los Angeles, GOOD magazine,, GIRLBOSS, and the Los Angeles Business Journal. She earned multiple NAEJ Awards and Los Angeles/Southern California Press Club Award nominations. She has a master's degree in specialized journalism from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism and teaches journalism and strategic public relations at Loyola Marymount University.

Learn more about Doidge on her website.


About the William H. Hannon Library:

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. More information can be found at

For more information about this event, contact the Outreach and Engagement team at the William H. Hannon library via email at or call 310-338-5234.

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