Sob Sisters, a Journalists Bar Night

Sob Sisters is the journalists' club founded in 2018 by the authors Karen Abbott (The Ghosts of Eden Park), Susannah Cahalan (The Great Pretender), and Ada Calhoun (Why We Can't Sleep) to celebrate women reporters. Once a month, they convene 20-40 journalists in a bar or a bookstore to talk shop. There are usually 2-3 speakers or readers—a seasoned author with a hot new book out, a young writer with a proposal she wants advice on, an editor with a call for submissions, a publicist willing to share trade secrets, a fact-checker describing best practices... These are informal, fun, off-the-record meet-ups on a Monday or Tuesday evening, usually at a bar offering $3 beer to make attendance more appealing to freelancers waiting for checks to come in. Past readers and speakers include Karen Rinaldi, Susan Orlean, Maureen Callahan, and Randi Epstein. If you're interested in learning about future meetings, email one of the three of us.