Author gives back with breast cancer center


Seventeen years ago, “The Dovekeepers” author Alice Hoffman’s mother, Sherry, was diagnosed with breast cancer. While she was in recovery, Alice herself was diagnosed.

“It was really strange,” Hoffman told the Track. “We had it at the same time.”

Back then, there was no breast center at Mount 
Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. But Hoffman said she and her mother received such great treatment there, she wanted to help them.

“These are amazing people, just incredible,” she said. “When I asked my doctors what I could do to somehow pay back, they said work locally.”

She did, and now there is the Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital, named for Alice.

“When I see it, I don’t think of myself,” she said. “I think of my mother.”

Hoffman is still working locally for Mount Auburn Hospital, hosting Pink Pages on May 16, an evening featuring readings and anecdotes from best-selling authors Jodi 
Picoult, Anita Diamant, Lisa Genova, Lily King, Ann Leary, Elizabeth Strout and, of course, Hoffman. Former WBZ arts editor Joyce Kulhawik is the moderator.

“I feel like we have not only the best writers in New England, but in America,” Hoffman said.

The event, at the American Repertory Theater, benefits the Breast Center.

“It’s a very special night, there’s never been anything quite like it,” Hoffman said. “The authors are so generous giving up their time and energy for the center.”

Picoult, is the No. 1 bestselling fiction writer in America. Her book “My Sister’s Keeper” was made into a hit movie. Diamont is the author of the best-seller “The Red Tent.” Genova, who lives on the Cape, wrote “Still 
Alice,” which became a movie starring Julianne Moore, who won an Oscar for the role. Strout, whose new book is “My Name Is Lucy Borden,” also wrote “Olive Kitteridge,” which became the award-winning HBO miniseries. And Ann Leary, wife of “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” star Denis Leary, is the author of the best-seller “The Good House.”

Hoffman is the author of more than two dozen books including “Practical Magic,” which was also made into a film. Her new book, “The Marriage Of Opposites,” is a forbidden love story about the mother of painter Camille Pissarro, the father of Impressionism.

“It’s set on the island of St. Thomas where she created just the biggest scandal,” Hoffman said.

So there will be lots to discuss. For tickets and information on the Pink Pages event visit or call 617-499-5656.

File Under: Book It.

Source: Boston Herald

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