Beyond the Page: The Happiest Girl in the World

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Alena Dillon
The Happiest Girl in the World, Thursday, October 21 | virtual

Alena Dillon is the author of Mercy House, a Library Journal Best Book of 2020, which has been optioned as a television series produced by Amy Schumer, as well as The Happiest Girl in the World, a Good Morning America pick, and My Body Is a Big Fat Temple, a forthcoming memoir of pregnancy and early parenting. Dillon’s work has appeared in publications including LitHub, River Teeth, Slice Magazine, The Rumpus, and Bustle. She teaches creative writing and lives on the North Shore of Boston with her husband, son, black Lab, and lots of books.

Craig LeMoult
Thursday, October 21 | virtual

Craig LeMoult reports for GBH on a wide range of topics, including environmental and public health issues. He’s covered the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2018 gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley. LeMoult’s stories have brought listeners flying over the Arctic Ocean and up close with whales and sharks. Previously, LeMoult reported for seven years at WSHU in Connecticut. He’s the recipient of two national Edward R. Murrow Awards and a national Sigma Delta Chi award, as well as many regional honors, including a 2020 Murrow for “excellence in sound.” He’s a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and Tufts University.

Is an Olympic dream worth the blood, sweat, and tears? Find out in Alena Dillon’s The Happiest Girl in the World, a story of denial, ambition, and betrayal inspired by real events. Join GBH News reporter Craig LeMoult for a live discussion with the author about her exploration of a beloved sport’s disturbing truth, with an opportunity for Q&A. Presented by GBH.