On December 5, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout visited the Woodland Hills Junior/Senior High School and spoke with students as part of the Woodland Hills Interaction Series. Ms. Strout is the author of Olive Kitteridge, for which she received the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. This work was later adapted for television as a miniseries on HBO. She is also the author of The Burgess Boys and My Name is Lucy Barton.
This visit was the culminating event for a project in junior English classes. The students read, discussed, and analyzed Ms. Strout's books in preparation for this event. During the event, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Executive Director Stephanie Flom conducted an interview based on questions that the students developed in their English classes. Ms. Strout thoughtfully engaged with our students as she discussed her work and her life as a writer.