|Born||Deborah Elizabeth Copaken
March 11, 1966
|Known for||Arts and letters, photography|
Deborah Copaken (born March 11, 1966) is an American author and photojournalist.
She was born Deborah Elizabeth Copaken in Boston. The daughter of Marjorie Ann (née Schwartz) and Richard Daniel Copaken, who served as a White House Fellow for President Lyndon B. Johnson, she grew up in Maryland, first in Adelphi and then from 1970 in Potomac. She attended Harvard University.
Prior to beginning a writing career, Copaken was a television producer at ABC and NBC and a war photographer. Her novel Between Here and April was published in 2008 and won the November Elle Reader's Prize. In 2009, she released a book of comic essays, Hell is Other Parents, some of which appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times. In 2001, she published a memoir of her experiences in photojournalism, Shutterbabe. Her second novel, The Red Book, published by Hyperion/VOICE in April 2012, was a New York Times bestseller. The book was longlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction.
Inspired by the longlisting of her novel, Copaken in 2013 wrote an essay for The Nation detailing sexism she has encountered and observed in her career. Among other issues, she writes that she was forced to use the titles under which her earlier books appeared.
She has performed and curated live storytelling for The Moth; she has also performed on the New York stage with Afterbirth, the Six Word Memoir series. She is currently adapting Shutterbabe as a TV series for NBC.
- Copaken, Deborah. "Facebook Fan page". Facebook. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
- "Engagements; Deborah E. Copaken, Paul M. Kogan". The New York Times. 1993-04-18. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
- "Richard Copaken Weds Marjorie Ann Schwartz". The New York Times. 1963-06-17.
- "Some Biographical Notes". deborahcopakenkogan.com. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
- Rosenblum, Constance (28 January 2010). "Tea and Uncertainty for a Busy Family". The New York Times.
- Copaken, Deborah (2014-12-12). "What's in a Name, and How Do I Change Mine in the Digital Age?". Cafe.com. Some Spider LLC. Retrieved 2015-01-10.
- Clark, Nick (12 April 2013). "Women’s Prize for Fiction nominee Deborah Copaken Kogan lifts the lid on sexism in publishing and the arts". The Independent. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
- "ENGAGEMENTS; Deborah E. Copaken, Paul M. Kogan". The New York Times. 18 April 1993.
- "MODERN LOVE; La Vie en Rose, the Takeout Version". The New York Times. 2007-04-15. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
- "COMBINED PRINT & E-BOOK FICTION". The New York Times. 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
- Lipman, Jennifer (18 April 2013). "Last woman standing as four fail to make shortlist". Retrieved 1 May 2013.
- Kogan, Deborah Copaken (29 April 2013). "My So-Called 'Post-Feminist' Life in Arts and Letters". The Nation. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
- Stoeffel, Kat (11 April 2013). "Why Women's Books Have Terrible Titles". New York Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
- Dean, Michelle (17 April 2013). "How to Win at the Women's Memoir Game". New York Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
- Copaken, Deborah (2014-10-31). "How I Got Rejected From a Job at The Container Store". Cafe.com. Some Spider LLC. Retrieved 2014-10-31.