The Family Roe - San Antonio Book Festival
May 21, 2022

The Family Roe

  • 11:00 am - 11:45 am
  •    |   Location of Session: SABF Virtual Tent
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: N/A
  •    |   Signing Location: N/A

About the Event

Despite her famous pseudonym, “Jane Roe,” no one knows the truth about Norma McCorvey (1947–2017), whose unwanted pregnancy in 1969 opened a great fracture in American life. Journalist Joshua Prager spent hundreds of hours with Norma, discovered her personal papers—a previously unseen trove—and witnessed her final moments. The Family Roe presents her life in full. Propelled by the crosscurrents of sex and religion, gender and class, it is a life that tells the story of abortion in America. Planned Parenthood’s Mara E. Posada interviews author Joshua Prager.

This is a pre-recorded session. The authors will not be present on Saturday, May 21, and there will be no book signing.


About the Author

Joshua Prager - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Peter Van Agtmael

Joshua Prager

Joshua Prager has written for The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. A former Harvard Nieman Fellow, he is the author of The Echoing Green (a Washington Post Best Book of the Year) and lives in New Jersey. His most recent book is The Family Roe: An American Story.


Mara E. Posada

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