The Chattahoochee Review is pleased to sponsor the appearance of New York Times bestselling author and Perimeter College alumna Joshilyn Jackson as the keynote speaker for the 2016 Georgia Women’s Conference. Presented by the Diversity Alliance at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College, the annual conference showcases concepts of art, scholarship, and politics from the female perspective.

Jackson will present the conference’s keynote address titled, “Writing Women’s Lives: The Fictional Female Experience and Social Justice,” in conjunction with a reading and discussion of her latest novel, The Opposite of Everyone, on Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. in the JCLRC Auditorium on the Clarkston campus. Described as “a story about story itself,” about how tales told connect people, break people, and define people, The Opposite of Everyone combines exquisite writing and vivid personalities to explore the American justice and social care systems, paying particular attention to each system’s impact on women in society. More information about Joshilyn Jackson’s appearance at the 2016 Georgia Women’s Conference can be found on the conference’s Website.

ABOUT JOSHILYN JACKSON: Joshilyn Jackson is the author of six novels: Someone Else’s Love Story; gods in Alabama; Between, Georgia; The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, and A Grown-up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into dozens of languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year three times, been a #1 Book Sense Pick, twice won the Georgia Author of the Year Award, and three times been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. More information about Joshilyn Jackson can be found on her Website.

THE AUTHOR ON HER DEPICTION OF THE FOSTER CARE AND PRISON SYSTEMS IN THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE: “I wanted to look at the ways institutionalizing women tears families apart and why we allow this to happen. Prisons should exist, but they need to be reformed. Is it really necessary to remove mothers from children and force children into the foster care system over pot? . . . I have done work with the justice system. I have taught at Arrendale State Prison, a correctional facility for women, and these are issues that I am passionate about.”