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2:00 pm - When the World Didn’t End Author event with Guinevere Turner

September 23, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join author and screenwriter Guinevere Turner for a discussion of her new memoir, When the World Didn’t End, in conversation with her sister, Julie Caggiano. This visit is co-hosted by Split Rock Books, and books will be available for purchase. Registration is requested. 

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About the Book

Actor and Screenwriter Guinevere Turner Returns to Garrison to Present Memoir

For a desperate young Guinevere Turner in the early 1980s, hope was found in two schools, a library, and the kindness of friends and neighbors. As recounted in her compelling memoir When the World Didn’t End, Turner had grown up in the Lyman family cult in Kansas and Massachusetts, but was forced to leave the group when her mother and stepfather were expelled. Fate brought her to live in Garrison, attend the Garrison School and, later, O’Neill High School, and find a refuge in the newly-opened Desmond-Fish Public Library. 

Ms. Turner’s arrival in Garrison did, however, bring her more travails than the cult had ever presented, and the story of how she was able to navigate new challenges helped by friends and neighbors is gripping and heart-wrenching.

Guinevere Turner is now a successful actor, director, and screenwriter, with credits including American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page and co-writer and producer of the film Go Fish.   She will be discussing her powerful account on Saturday, September 23, at 2:00 p.m. at the Desmond-Fish Public Library. Books will be on sale and available for an author signing courtesy of Split Rock Books. 


About Guinevere Turner

Guinevere Turner is an acclaimed screenwriter and director. She co-wrote the screenplays for  American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page and, most recently, wrote the screenplay for Charlie Says. She also wrote and starred in the film Go Fish and was a writer and actor on Showtime’s The L Word. An essay she wrote for The New Yorker is the inspiration for this memoir. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.


September 23, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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