Talia Carner's Bio

 

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Talia Carner is formerly the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women’s economic forums. Award-winning author of three novels and numerous stories, essays and articles, she is 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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Talia Carner was the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine. A former adjunct professor at Long Island University School of Management and a marketing consultant to Fortune 500 companies, she was also a volunteer counselor and lecturer for the Small Business Administration and a member of United States Information Agency (USIA) missions to Russia. She participated at the 1995 International Women's Conference in Beijing, where she sat on economic panels and helped develop political campaigns for Indian and African women. Ms. Carner's first novel, PUPPET CHILD, was listed in “The Top 10 Favorite First Novels 2002” and launched a nationwide legislation (The Protective Parent Reform Act) that became the platform for two State Senatorial candidates. CHINA DOLL made Amazon’s bestsellers list and served as the platform for Ms. Carner's presentation at the U.N. in 2007 about infanticide in China—the first ever in U.N. history. Over 50 of Carner’s award-winning short stories, articles and personal essays have appeared in The New York Times, anthologies, literary magazines and leading websites. Her latest published novel, JERUSALEM MAIDEN, (HarperCollins, June 2011,) dealt with the place of women in extremely religious societies. The novel won the Forward National Literature Award in the “historical fiction” category. In summer 2015, HarperCollins will release Carner's newest novel, HOTEL MOSCOW, which tells the riveting story of the daughter of Holocaust survivors who travels to Russia shortly after the fall of communism, and finds herself embroiled in a perilous mafia conspiracy that could irrevocably destroy her life.

Ms. Carner is a board member of HBI, a research center for Jewish women's life and culture at Brandeis University, and an honorary board member of several anti-domestic violence and child abuse intervention organizations. Her addictions include chocolate, ballet, hats—and social justice. Talia Carner and her husband Ron Carner have four grown children and reside in Manhattan and Bridgehampton, NY. 

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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 upcoming novel, HOTEL MOSCOW, (HarperCollins, summer 2015,) an eye-opening portrait of post-communist Russia and a profound exploration of faith, family, and heritage.

In the early 1980s, while at Redbook magazine, Carner was the first to define the characteristics of female baby-boomers as having a later marriage-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 years later, her experiences in Russia come to light in her new novel, HOTEL MOSCOW.

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. Later, Carner set out to explore the religious world in which obedient 12- to 14-year-olds were expected to hasten the Messiah’s arrival and save the world Jewry by procreating. Her novel JERUSALEM MAIDEN (HarperCollins, June 2011,) depicts 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.

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, 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. The book-length novel JERUSALEM MAIDEN won the Forward National Literature Award in the “historical fiction” category.

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 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 lives in Bridgehampton, Long Island and in Manhattan, New York.

Board Member:  

* 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 & law organizations.

 

Member:
* Authors' Guild

* International Women Writing Guild 
* Women National Book Association

* Two-Bridges Writers

 

Pre-internet, previous career media coverage (now digitalized):

The Age of Women Entrepreneurs--(Nation's Business Magazine), May 1989

Yo, Ladies -- (Inc. Magazine) August 1989

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