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Talia Carner is formerly the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women’s economic forums. An award-winning author of four novels and numerous stories, essays, and articles, she is also a committed supporter of global human rights. Carner has spearheaded ground-breaking projects centered on female plight and women’s activism.
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“At the heart of Talia Carner lies an activist, a feminist and a humanitarian who gives a voice to those without one.
A proud 7th-generation Sabra, the New-York-based author is a woman unafraid to tackle controversial issues. Her psychological suspense novels bring to the forefront indignities and atrocities long ignored, and include PUPPET CHILD, CHINA DOLL, JERUSALEM MAIDEN and now HOTEL MOSCOW.
Formerly the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Talia Carner is a committed supporter of global human rights.
She is a board member of HBI–the Jewish women research center at Brandeis University.
Her addictions include chocolate, hats, ballet–and social justice.
Talia is married to Ron Carner, president of Maccabi USA, and they have four grown children.”
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Before turning to fiction writing, Talia Carner worked for Redbook magazine and served as the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine. An adjunct professor of marketing at Long Island University and a marketing consultant to Fortune 500 companies, she was a volunteer counselor and lecturer for the Small Business Administration and a member of United States Information Agency missions to Russia, teaching women entrepreneurial skills. Carner’s activities in women’s organizations led to her participation at the 1995 International Women’s Conference in Beijing, where she learned of the atrocities of The Dying Rooms—the Chinese orphanages where the documented death rate was 80%—and about the U.S.’s courts betrayal of molested children. Helping African women to develop a campaign against clitoridectomy, she was exposed to the plight of women in societies that subjected millions of girls to this brutal mutilation. Her education about violence against women continued when she assisted Indian women in a campaign to end the burning of brides over dowry disputes. She also researched the lives of women in religious oppressive societies. A sought-after keynote lecturer at renowned organizations, Carner speaks on both universal and culture-specific issues facing today’s women across the globe.
Those issues are crystallized in Carner’s her most recent novel, HOTEL MOSCOW, (HarperCollins, June 2015,) an eye-opening portrait of post-communist Russia and an exploration of the grim, harsh lives of Russians–especially the brutality against women–in the transition to market economy.
In the early 1980s, while at Redbook magazine, Carner was the first to define the characteristics of female baby-boomers as getting married at a later age and being more educated, career-oriented, and health- and civic-conscious than their older counterparts. While the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine—then one of only four females to head a major American magazine—she was the first to document the demographics of female business owners. Launching her own marketing consulting firm to Fortune 500 companies, Carner commissioned independent research and challenged both public perceptions and the U.S. government’s definition of entrepreneurship, a debate that ultimately established the White House Oversight Committee and brought changes to the way the Office of Labor Statistics gathered and analyzed data about husband-wife business ownership.
In 1993, on Carner’s second U.S. Information Agency (USIA) mission to Russia, she was caught in the uprising of the parliament against then-president Boris Yeltsin. Her report to the USIA about her escape was the seed of her fiction-writing career. Twenty-two years later, her experiences in Russia come to light in her new novel, HOTEL MOSCOW (HarperCollins, 2015.)
Carner’s first published novel, PUPPET CHILD, was listed in BookBrowse.com’s “Top 10 Favorite First Novels 2002” and won her an Outstanding Author Award (BookReviewCafe.com.) The novel launched The Protective Parent Reform Act, a law now passed in several states and under consideration in many others, and has become the platform of two State Senatorial candidates. Her second novel, CHINA DOLL, was the platform for her 2007 presentation at the U.N. about infanticide in China—the first in U.N. history. Her novel JERUSALEM MAIDEN (HarperCollins, 2011,) depicted a woman’s struggle for self-expression against her society’s religious dictates. It won the Forward National Literature Award in the historical fiction category. HOTEL MOSCOW (winner of USA Book News in the multi-cultural category) juxtaposes themes of lawlessness and anti-Semitism in a multi-layered story condensed into a seven-day adventure of a personal journey that is an eye-opening portrait of post-communist Russia and a profound exploration of faith, friendship, and heritage.
In addition to published articles on issues of family court, infanticide in China, and women’s plights in developing societies, Carner’s award-winning personal essays have appeared in The New York Times, Chocolate for Women, Cup of Comfort and Chicken Soup anthologies, as well as The Best Jewish Writing 2003. Her short stories have been published in literary magazines such as Midstream, Lynx Eye, River Sedge, Moxie, Lilith, Rosebud, Clackamas Literary Review, Two-Bridges Review, Confrontation, North Atlantic Review, Litro, and Midwest Literary Magazine. An excerpt from JERUSALEM MAIDEN is included in The Best New Writing 2011 as the “Editor’s Choice Award” and was nominated to the prestigious Pushcart Prize.
A 7th generation Sabra born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Ms. Carner served in the Israel Defense Force (IDF.) She received a B.A. degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem in Psychology and Sociology and a Master’s degree (concentration in Economics) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Talia Carner is a board member of Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, (HBI) the Jewish women research center at Brandeis University. She is also an honorary board member of several anti-domestic violence and child abuse intervention organizations. She and her husband, Ron Carner (President of Maccabi USA), have four grown children. The couple live in Bridgehampton, Long Island and Manhattan, NY.
- Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (Jewish women’s studies department at Brandeis University)
- Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York
- National Coalition For Family Justice, and other domestic violence and family and law organizations