Sheila Weller: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Sheila Weller

Bestselling Author & Journalist

Sheila Weller is a bestselling author and award-winning magazine journalist specializing in women’s issues and recent social history. Her sixth book, Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon -- And The Journey of a Generation was a New York Times bestseller and was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2008 by Library Journal, The Christian Science Monitor,, and The Daily Beast. It is currently being made into a feature film by Sony Pictures Entertainment. She has been Senior Contributing Editor of Glamour since 2002, is a regular writer for Vanity Fair, a former Contributing Editor to New York magazine, and has written for numerous other magazines.

An avid speaker, Weller has appeared at libraries, community organizations, and special events across the country. At the podium, she shares the lives, loves, and music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon – why they are icons and heroes, and how they reflected the momentous journey of the generation of American women who came of age in the ‘60s, in addition to the wild, wonderful, and – yes – wisdom-filled Sixties Generation, from a female point of view. Universities and women’s groups may also enjoy her presentation on mothers and daughters, coming full circle: American women over the generations, from coming of age in the ‘60s to coming of age in the ‘00s.

Weller’s other books are all well-regarded, news-breaking, nonfiction accounts of high profile crimes against women and their social and legal implications including: the #2 New York Times bestseller Raging Heart: The Intimate Story of the Tragic Marriage of O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson, Saint of Circumstance: The Alex Kelly Rape Case -- Growing Up Rich and Out of Control, Marrying the Hangman: A True Story of Privilege, Marriage, and Murder, and her family memoir Dancing At Ciro’s.

One of the most highly awarded magazine writers working today, Weller has won a record number of six Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Awards: one in 2001, an unprecedented three in 2002, one in 2004, and one in 1994; she placed third for Feature Writing on a Variety of Subjects in the 2005 National Headliners Award; and she won a 2006 Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus. She was awarded a plaque by the New York Association of Black Journalists for her narrative about the 40th anniversary of the “Mississippi Murders.” In 2007 Vanity Fair nominated her “Malibu’s Lost Boys” for a National Magazine Award, and her articles were cited by Glamour as contributory to Glamour’s first place National Magazine Award win for general excellence in 2006. She has profiled, among many others: Nicole Kidman, Elizabeth Edwards, all the daughters of Bobby Kennedy, Jenna Bush, Michelle Phillips, Katie Holmes, Ali MacGraw, and numerous American women, and she has written widely on investigative and human interest subjects.

As a writer for Ms., The Village Voice, Redbook, and other publications like Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review, Weller was one of the journalists who broke ground on domestic violence, rape, and fraught divorce cases during a charged span of years when crimes against women were newly criminalized and more women were entering the legal profession (thus changing it), but when old attitudes lingered in courtrooms and in psychiatric quarters.

Weller lives in New York City with her husband.

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