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Norah Vincent is a freelance journalist by trade.

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Norah Vincent Biography

Norah Vincent is a freelance journalist by trade. In 2003, she took a leave from writing her nationally syndicated political opinion columns in order to write her New York Times bestselling book Self-Made Man, the story of a woman living, working, and dating--all while disguised as a man.

Shrewd, sympathetic, and courageous, Self-Made Man is one woman’s take on just how hard it is to be a man, even in a man’s world. With an ever-present five o’clock shadow, a crew cut, wire-rimmed glasses, and her own size 11½ shoes, Norah Vincent spent a year and a half as her male alter ego, Ned, and reported back what she observed incognito. Narrating her journey with exquisite insight, empathy, and humor, Norah ponders the many remarkable mysteries of gender identity as she explores firsthand who men really are when women aren’t around. As Ned, she joins a bowling team, takes a high-octane sales job, goes on dates with women (and men), visits strip clubs, and even manages to infiltrate a monastery and a men’s therapy group. Absolutely engrossing in its reporting and surprising in its analysis, Self-Made Man is a thrilling tour de force of immersion journalism.

“A thoughtful, entertaining piece of first-person investigative journalism.  Though there’s plenty of humor in Self-Made Man, Vincent – like her spiritual forbear John Howard Griffin…- treats her self-imposed assignment seriously, not as a stunt….Self Made Man transcends its premise altogether, offering not an undercover woman’s take on male experience, but simply a fascinating, fly-on-the wall look at various unglamorous male milieus that are well off the radar of most journalists and book authors…So rich and so audacious…[I was] hooked from Page 1.”

--David Kamp, The New York Times Book Review

After Vincent's eighteen months living disguised as a man, she became severely depressed and felt she was a danger to herself. On the advice of her psychologist, she committed herself to a mental institution. Out of this raw and overwhelming experience came the idea for her second book, Voluntary Madness, where she decides to get healthy while studying the effects of treatment on the depressed and insane “in the bin,” as she calls it.

Vincent’s journey takes her from a big city hospital to a facility in the Midwest and finally to an upscale retreat in the American south, where she analyzes the impact of institutionalization on the unwell, the tyranny of drugs-as-treatment, and the dysfunctional dynamic between caregivers and patients. Vincent applies brilliant insight as she exposes her personal struggle with depression and explores the range of people and methodologies that guide these bizarre and often scary environments. Eye-opening, emotionally wrenching, and occasionally hilarious, Voluntary Madness is a riveting work that exposes the state of mental healthcare in America from the inside out.  Her third book, Thy Neighbor, is forthcoming in 2012.

While syndicated, Norah Vincent was a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the author of a quarterly politics and culture column for the national gay and lesbian newsmagazine The Advocate.

Ms. Vincent wrote the "Higher Ed" column for The Village Voice from 1999-2001 and wrote a biweekly column for Salon.com in 2001. Her essays, columns, and reviews have also appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Washington Post and many more periodicals around the country.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Williams College and resides in New York City.

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Norah Vincent Biography

Norah Vincent is a freelance journalist by trade. In 2003, she took a leave from writing her nationally syndicated political opinion columns in order to write her New York Times bestselling book Self-Made Man, the story of a woman living, working, and dating--all while disguised as a man.

Shrewd, sympathetic, and courageous, Self-Made Man is one woman’s take on just how hard it is to be a man, even in a man’s world. With an ever-present five o’clock shadow, a crew cut, wire-rimmed glasses, and her own size 11½ shoes, Norah Vincent spent a year and a half as her male alter ego, Ned, and reported back what she observed incognito. Narrating her journey with exquisite insight, empathy, and humor, Norah ponders the many remarkable mysteries of gender identity as she explores firsthand who men really are when women aren’t around. As Ned, she joins a bowling team, takes a high-octane sales job, goes on dates with women (and men), visits strip clubs, and even manages to infiltrate a monastery and a men’s therapy group. Absolutely engrossing in its reporting and surprising in its analysis, Self-Made Man is a thrilling tour de force of immersion journalism.

“A thoughtful, entertaining piece of first-person investigative journalism.  Though there’s plenty of humor in Self-Made Man, Vincent – like her spiritual forbear John Howard Griffin…- treats her self-imposed assignment seriously, not as a stunt….Self Made Man transcends its premise altogether, offering not an undercover woman’s take on male experience, but simply a fascinating, fly-on-the wall look at various unglamorous male milieus that are well off the radar of most journalists and book authors…So rich and so audacious…[I was] hooked from Page 1.”

--David Kamp, The New York Times Book Review

After Vincent's eighteen months living disguised as a man, she became severely depressed and felt she was a danger to herself. On the advice of her psychologist, she committed herself to a mental institution. Out of this raw and overwhelming experience came the idea for her second book, Voluntary Madness, where she decides to get healthy while studying the effects of treatment on the depressed and insane “in the bin,” as she calls it.

Vincent’s journey takes her from a big city hospital to a facility in the Midwest and finally to an upscale retreat in the American south, where she analyzes the impact of institutionalization on the unwell, the tyranny of drugs-as-treatment, and the dysfunctional dynamic between caregivers and patients. Vincent applies brilliant insight as she exposes her personal struggle with depression and explores the range of people and methodologies that guide these bizarre and often scary environments. Eye-opening, emotionally wrenching, and occasionally hilarious, Voluntary Madness is a riveting work that exposes the state of mental healthcare in America from the inside out.  Her third book, Thy Neighbor, is forthcoming in 2012.

While syndicated, Norah Vincent was a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the author of a quarterly politics and culture column for the national gay and lesbian newsmagazine The Advocate.

Ms. Vincent wrote the "Higher Ed" column for The Village Voice from 1999-2001 and wrote a biweekly column for Salon.com in 2001. Her essays, columns, and reviews have also appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Washington Post and many more periodicals around the country.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Williams College and resides in New York City.

FAQs on booking Norah Vincent

  • How to book Norah Vincent?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Norah Vincent for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Norah Vincent, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Norah Vincent or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Norah Vincent?

    Booking fees for Norah Vincent, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Norah Vincent, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Norah Vincent?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Norah Vincent for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Norah Vincent for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Norah Vincent or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Norah Vincent or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Norah Vincent is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Norah Vincent for your event is available upon request. Norah Vincent generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are John Zogby, Dan Savage, Tom DeFrank, Manil Suri and Kevin Clash. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Norah Vincent for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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