NEW EVENT OCTOBER 3RD, in Nikki’s words:
On Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7 30 pm. my daughter Caitlin and I will discuss THE MANSON WOMEN AND ME at the Outdoor Art Club at #1 W Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley. I was thrilled to be invited to participate in this literary event at this local gem in the town where my husband and I raised our children. The organization was formed in 1902 by a small group of women, who, as the story goes, had some time on their hands because their husbands were attending events at the Bohemian Club. On a morning walk through the village, the women encountered workmen cutting down redwood trees near the town square. Horrified, they organized to preserve the beauty of Mill Valley and to work against the wanton destruction of the environment. In addition to the organization’s commitment to the environment, it also supports the development of outdoor art and is involved in literary, civic and charitable work.
If you’ve missed our previous events, please join us. If you haven’t missed our previous events but you’ve had enough of me and the Manson family, come anyway to enjoy light refreshments at 7 pm and to appreciate the lovely grounds and the clubhouse, designed by famous architect Bernard Maybeck and listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
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Listen to Nikki Meredith interviewed on KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny in “Exploring the Psyche of the Manson Women” here. Find out what Nikki learned in the process of writing the book when she explored “what motivates ordinary people to do extraordinarily horrific things.”
And here’s Nikki (and Big Bird) in the Green Room of KQED before the show.
Nikki was also interviewed by the Marin Independent Journal to discuss what drove her to write The Manson Women and Me. “Meredith believes a lot of what drives jihadists today is what drove the Manson women — they’re idealistic and searching for meaning. To write them off strictly as psychopaths ignores the bigger issues, she believes.” Read more here.
Note from Nikki: “My thanks to Michael Krasny, KQED Forum, Book Passage Bookstore & Cafe and over 150 members of the Marin community for the conversation tonight about my new book. I was a bit overwhelmed with the standing room only crowd and loved the Q&A session about why. Delighted that my son Ben Holbert drove all the way up from Carlsbad and my daughter Caitlin Meredith flew in from Austin.”
Thanks for a wonderful review at Lucien Welsh’s blog! Lucien writes that THE MANSON WOMEN AND ME is “a very insightful and tastefully written profile on two women involved in one of the most famous crimes of the 20th century. Nikki Meredith is incredibly detailed in her research and her prose without being exploitative in any way or excusing the crimes.” Read more of the review here.
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