The Price of Illusion
A Conversation with Author Joan Juliet Buck

The Price of Illusion is the account of four decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, where Joan chronicles her quest to discover the difference between glitter and gold, illusion and reality, and what looks like happiness from the thing itself. Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates a conversation with Joan Juliet Buck about her memoir The Price of Illusion.

Joan’s memoir tells the story of a life lived in the best places at the most interesting times: London and New York in the swinging 1960s, Rome and Milan in the dangerous 1970s, Paris in the heady 1980s and 1990s.

But when her fantasy life at Vogue came to an end, she had to find out who she was after all those years of make-believe. She chronicles this journey taking the reader through the wild parties and the fashion, the celebrities and creative geniuses as well as love, loss, and the loneliness of getting everything you thought you wanted and finding it’s not what you’d imagined.

Joan Juliet Buck was born in Hollywood, and raised in Paris, London, and Ireland. She began writing book reviews for Glamour at 19, and was Features Editor of British Vogue at 23. After two decades doing profiles, essays and criticism for American Vogue, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler and The New Yorker, she became the first and only American woman ever to fill Paris Vogue’s coveted position of Editor-in-Chief which she held from 1994 to 2001. A wine & cheese reception will follow. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.

Thursday, August 3, 7 – 8 pm


Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street