Best-selling author Piper Kerman will be guest speaker at a public assembly in Grand Rapids at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 7.  HPF is proud to sponsor this event in cooperation with the Duncan Littlefair Great Speakers Series of Fountain Street Church.  The program will be held at Fountain Street Church, with a public book-signing following the lecture.

Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison from Spiegel & Grau. The book has been adapted by Jenji Kohan into an Emmy Award-winning original series for Netflix.  Piper works with nonprofits, philanthropies, and other organizations working in the public interest and serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Prison Association and the advisory boards of InsideOUT Writers and JustLeadershipUSA. She has been called as a witness by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to testify on solitary confinement and women prisoners, and by the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs and Homeland Security Committee to testify about the federal Bureau of Prisons. Piper has spoken at the White House on re-entry and employment to help honor Champions of Change in the field, as well as the importance of arts in prisons and the unique conditions for women in the criminal justice system.  In 2014 she was awarded the Justice Trailblazer Award from John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime & Justice and the Constitutional Commentary Award from The Constitution Project; the Equal Justice Initiative recognized Piper as a Champion of Justice in 2015.


Interested in being a sponsor for this event and possibly joining Piper Kerman for dinner before the lecture? Download our sponsor letter HERE


$25 in advance - $30 at the door - $10 for Students

Available for purchase in person at:

The Bookman in Grand Haven (715 Washington Ave.)

Schuler Books in Grand Rapids (2660 28th Street SE)

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