What came first: pathological shyness or talking to myself? Regardless, as long as I can remember, I have been telling tales about my everyday interactions, often to myself, often out loud. After studying the history of science at college (yes, that is a major), I moved to London to do a PhD in the history of art (where I set the world on fire with my analysis of domestic representation in women’s creative collaborations). I spent my 20s in the UK, where I worked as a curator, researcher, editor, lecturer, comic, MC, script-reader, dramaturge, post-doctoral thinker person, performer, actor, writer, producer, Yiddish translator, and a temp – at a temp agency. Then, I turned 30, got married, and forced my husband to move to New York City, where I could focus my energy on writing stories about all the things I did, and wished I did, in my 20s. Plus, I now have daughters with whom to share my harvested insights. (Or, as my 6-year-old says, “You’ve told me that story a million times, Mom.”) I am currently writing a nonfiction book, a TV pilot, and a lot of lists.
And now, in third person:
Judy Batalion was born in Montreal, studied at Harvard, and worked as a curator and comedian in London before settling in New York City. She was a columnist for The New York Times’ Motherlode, and her essays about parenting, relationships, religion and health have appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post, Salon, The Forward, Tablet, Cosmo and many others. Her first book, WHITE WALLS: A MEMOIR ABOUT MOTHERHOOD, DAUGHTERHOOD, AND THE MESS IN BETWEEN (NAL/Penguin 2016) was shortlisted for the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature, longlisted for the Leacock Award for Literary Humor, and optioned by Warner Brothers, for whom Judy is currently developing the TV series “CLUTTERED.” Judy’s second book, about Jewish women who fought in the resistance against the Nazis, will be published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in 2020. DAUGHTERS OF THE RESISTANCE (tentative title) has been optioned by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, and will be published across Europe and in Brazil and Israel.