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Helen Benedict is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and the award-winning author of six novels and five books of nonfiction. Her latest novel, "Sand Queen," (Soho Press) tells the story of a young female soldier and an Iraqi woman caught up in the Iraq War. Publisher’s Weekly called "Sand Queen" “a thrilling and thoughtful new novel.” Booklist said, “Funny, shocking, painful, and, at times, deeply disturbing, 'Sand Queen' takes readers beyond the news and onto the battlefield.”

Helen based "Sand Queen" on the research she conducted for her nonfiction book "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq," an exposé of the abuse and experiences of military women serving in the Iraq War. "The Lonely Soldier" won the National Women’s Political Caucus 2010 EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award,) the 2010 Ken Book Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses, and her related article in Salon magazine won the 2008 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Helen’s play, "The Lonely Soldier Monologues," was performed in New York City in 2009 and 2010, and has been performed elsewhere in the country since.

Helen’s last novel, "The Edge of Eden," came out in paperback in November, 2010. Set in the remote islands of Seychelles in 1960, it concerns such issues as the legacy of slavery, and the power balance between men and women, servants and masters, children and adults. Another recent novel, "The Opposite of Love" (Viking, 2007), concerns race and the moral dilemmas involved in trying to rescue a child. Her other novels are "The Sailor’s Wife," set in Greece after the fall of the junta; "Bad Angel," about Dominican-Americans in New York, and "A World Like This," about a teenager in prison in England. Her last nonfiction book was "Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes" (Oxford), and she has also written "Recovery: How to Survive Sexual Assault," and "Safe, Strong, and Streetwise."

Helen has taught fiction writing at the Auvillar and Paris Writer’s Workshops, and journalism at U.C. Berkeley. Her essays and book reviews have been frequently anthologized, and have been published in The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, Salon, Ms., and elsewhere. Her novels have received citations for best book of the year from The L.A. Times and the Chicago and New York Public Libraries, and she has been granted fellowships from the Yaddo, MacDowell, Virginia Center for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and Cummington Community of the Arts.

Helen lectures frequently about women at war, military culture, and the silencing of women soldiers. She has lectured at various venues such as West Point, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Western Kentucky University, Hunter College, The New York Bar Association, The LA Library Aloud Series, Middlebury, Trinity, U.C. Berkeley, and at various conferences around the country. Over the last few years, she has been featured on ABC News, "Democracy Now," "The Roseanne Barr Radio Show," "Weekend America," NPR’s "Day to Day," Chicago Public Radio WBEZ’s "Worldview," and NPR’s "Here and Now," among many other places. Helen has also testified to the Congressional Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs about why soldiers rape and misogyny in the military, and to the Committee on Governmental Oversight and Reform about women in combat and their abuse at the hands of their comrades.

Born in England of American parents, she has lived in London, Mauritius, Seychelles, Paris and California, but now resides in New York.

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Helen Benedict Biography

Helen Benedict is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and the award-winning author of six novels and five books of nonfiction. Her latest novel, "Sand Queen," (Soho Press) tells the story of a young female soldier and an Iraqi woman caught up in the Iraq War. Publisher’s Weekly called "Sand Queen" “a thrilling and thoughtful new novel.” Booklist said, “Funny, shocking, painful, and, at times, deeply disturbing, 'Sand Queen' takes readers beyond the news and onto the battlefield.”

Helen based "Sand Queen" on the research she conducted for her nonfiction book "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq," an exposé of the abuse and experiences of military women serving in the Iraq War. "The Lonely Soldier" won the National Women’s Political Caucus 2010 EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award,) the 2010 Ken Book Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses, and her related article in Salon magazine won the 2008 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Helen’s play, "The Lonely Soldier Monologues," was performed in New York City in 2009 and 2010, and has been performed elsewhere in the country since.

Helen’s last novel, "The Edge of Eden," came out in paperback in November, 2010. Set in the remote islands of Seychelles in 1960, it concerns such issues as the legacy of slavery, and the power balance between men and women, servants and masters, children and adults. Another recent novel, "The Opposite of Love" (Viking, 2007), concerns race and the moral dilemmas involved in trying to rescue a child. Her other novels are "The Sailor’s Wife," set in Greece after the fall of the junta; "Bad Angel," about Dominican-Americans in New York, and "A World Like This," about a teenager in prison in England. Her last nonfiction book was "Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes" (Oxford), and she has also written "Recovery: How to Survive Sexual Assault," and "Safe, Strong, and Streetwise."

Helen has taught fiction writing at the Auvillar and Paris Writer’s Workshops, and journalism at U.C. Berkeley. Her essays and book reviews have been frequently anthologized, and have been published in The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, Salon, Ms., and elsewhere. Her novels have received citations for best book of the year from The L.A. Times and the Chicago and New York Public Libraries, and she has been granted fellowships from the Yaddo, MacDowell, Virginia Center for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, and Cummington Community of the Arts.

Helen lectures frequently about women at war, military culture, and the silencing of women soldiers. She has lectured at various venues such as West Point, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Western Kentucky University, Hunter College, The New York Bar Association, The LA Library Aloud Series, Middlebury, Trinity, U.C. Berkeley, and at various conferences around the country. Over the last few years, she has been featured on ABC News, "Democracy Now," "The Roseanne Barr Radio Show," "Weekend America," NPR’s "Day to Day," Chicago Public Radio WBEZ’s "Worldview," and NPR’s "Here and Now," among many other places. Helen has also testified to the Congressional Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs about why soldiers rape and misogyny in the military, and to the Committee on Governmental Oversight and Reform about women in combat and their abuse at the hands of their comrades.

Born in England of American parents, she has lived in London, Mauritius, Seychelles, Paris and California, but now resides in New York.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Helen Benedict for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 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. Fill out a booking request form for Helen Benedict, 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 Helen Benedict or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Helen Benedict?

    Booking fees for Helen Benedict, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker 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 Helen Benedict, 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 Helen Benedict?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Helen Benedict for clients worldwide for more than 15 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 Helen Benedict 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 Helen Benedict or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Helen Benedict 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.

Helen Benedict is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Helen Benedict for your event is available upon request. Helen Benedict 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 Vivian Gornick, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Andrea Pino, Nina Tassler and Jessica Tudos. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Helen Benedict for an upcoming event.

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