New York Times writers and Pulitzer Prize winners Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey will discuss their best-selling book, SHE SAID: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, with their Times colleague and Montclair resident Matt Purdy, on Friday, November 22, in the last Open Book/ Open Mind event of 2019.
Journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times. SHE SAID, published by Penguin Random House, is the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement For many years, reporters had tried to get to the truth about Harvey Weinstein’s treatment of women. Rumors of wrongdoing had long circulated. But in 2017, when Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey began their investigation into the prominent Hollywood producer for the New York Times, his name was still synonymous with power. During months of confidential interviews with top actresses, former Weinstein employees, and other sources, many disturbing and long-buried allegations were unearthed, and a web of onerous secret payouts and nondisclosure agreements was revealed. These shadowy settlements had long been used to hide sexual harassment and abuse, but with a breakthrough reporting technique Kantor and Twohey helped to expose it. But Weinstein had evaded scrutiny in the past, and he was not going down without a fight; he employed a team of high-profile lawyers, private investigators, and other allies to thwart the investigation. When Kantor and Twohey were finally able to convince some sources to go on the record, a dramatic final showdown between Weinstein and the New York Times was set in motion. Nothing could have prepared Kantor and Twohey for what followed the publication of their initial Weinstein story on October 5, 2017. Within days, a veritable Pandora’s box of sexual harassment and abuse was opened. Women all over the world came forward with their own traumatic stories. Over the next twelve months, hundreds of men from every walk of life and industry were outed following allegations of wrongdoing. But did too much change—or not enough? In the tradition of great investigative journalism, She Said tells a thrilling story about the power of truth, with shocking new information from hidden sources. Kantor and Twohey describe not only the consequences of their reporting for the #MeToo movement, but the inspiring and affecting journeys of the women who spoke up—for the sake of other women, for future generations, and for themselves.
Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Times Matt Purdy will return to our Open Book/Open Mind stage to join Jodi and Meghan in conversation. Since joining the newspaper in December 1993, Matt has worked as an investigative reporter, a projects reporter and editor on the Metro desk. He wrote the “Our Towns” column in The Metro Section for four years before becoming the investigations editor in 2004. Prior to coming to The Times, he worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer for 12 years. Matt resides in Montclair with his family.
The event will take place at Central Presbyterian Church, at 46 Park St, Montclair. This will be a ticketed event and a copy of the book is included with the $28 admission. https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/MontclairPublicLibrary/SheSaid.html The authors will sign copies of their book at the end of the event.
Open Book/ Open Mind: SHE SAID
Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey in Conversation with Matt Purdy
Friday, November 22nd, 7PM
Central Presbyterian Church