One Book One Community 2015



In her memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman's Prison, Piper Kerman recounts the year that she spent in the Danbury Correctional Facility for a crime she had committed ten years prior as a very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking. Compelling, moving, and often hilarious, the stories of the women she met while in prison raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, the odd cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor, and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison.

The memoir was also adapted into an original Netflix series of the same name by Jenji Kohan.

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Author Appearance




7:30 p.m.

Victory Theatre, Downtown Evansville

Free, public discussion of the book and Ms. Kerman's prison advocacy efforts, including a book-signing immediately after the presentation.


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Piper Kerman Information


Ms. Kerman has delivered lectures to campuses across the country, including the University of Tulsa, Roanoke College, Fairfield University, Rutgers University, New York Law School, and many others.

She has spoken at the White House, and also to groups that include the American Correctional Association's Disproportionate Minority Confinement Task Force, federal probation officers, public defenders, justice reform advocates and volunteers, and formerly and currently incarcerated people. She serves on the board of the Women's Prison Association.