Jane Bernstein, 21st Annual ODU Literary Festival


Jane Bernstein

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Webb University Center

Author/Artist Bio

Jane Bernstein is the author of Departures, a novel, Loving Rachel, a memoir, and Seven Minutes in Heaven, a young-adult novel based on a screenplay she co-wrote for a Warner Brothers movie of the same name. Her essays and short fiction have been published in such places as The New York Times Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Glamour, Poets & Writers and Prairie Schooner. Recent projects include a screenplay based on the life of voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer for director Jonathan Kaplan, and an adaptation of the Kaye Gibbons novel A Cure for Dreams for Firebird Films. Honors include a National Endowment Fellowship in Creative Writing, a Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Media Arts, and two New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. She has just completed a book called Twilight Time – A Murder and its Aftermath, which is about her sister’s murder in 1996 and its repercussions for her family.
Jane received her master of fine arts from Columbia University and is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Bernstein read on Tuesday, October 6th, 1998 at 3:30 p.m.


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