Janny Scott

The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father
Tues., July 2     7 pm
Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall
Admission $25
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In The Beneficiary, A warmly felt tale of an American family’s fortunes, journalist Janny Scott excavates the rarefied world that shaped her charming, unknowable father, Robert Montgomery Scott, and provides an incisive look at the weight of inheritance, the tenacity of addiction, and the power of buried secrets.

Scott was a reporter for The New York Times from 1994 to 2008 and was a member of the Times reporting team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for the series ‘How Race is Lived in America.’
Constance Laibe Hays, a New York Times reporter and the author of The Real Thing: Truth and Power at the Coca-Cola Company, considered the Nantucket Atheneum one of her favorite places in the world. In 2005, Mrs. Hays died of cancer and a lecture in her honor was established to support the work of both new and established writers.

Constance Laibe Hays Memorial Lectures

  • 2018:Author Adam Gopnik discusses his book At The Stranger’s Gate: Arrival in New York.
  • 2015:Author and journalist Russell Shorto discusses his book Amsterdam: A History of The World’s Most Liberal City.
  • 2014: Husband and wife journalists Stephen B. Shepard and Lynn Povich discuss their more than 40 years as journailsts.
  • 2013: Former New York Times journalist Janny Scott and author of A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother.
  • 2012: Author Buzz Bissinger, Father’s Day, A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son.
  • 2011: Author Fen Montaigne, Frazier’s Penguins: A Journey To The Future in Antarctica.
  • 2010: A Conversation with Authors Janet Elder, Sarah Lyall, and Mary Murphy and Moderated by Glenn Kramon.
  • 2009: New York Times journalist and author David Sanger.
  • 2008: Author Samantha Power.
  • 2007: Author Calvin Trillin.
  • 2006: CBS News journalist Katie Couric.