Piper Kerman is perhaps today’s most popular prisoner on TV thanks to the success of the award-winning Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black. Kerman is coming to Calgary to share her incredible true story on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The View from Behind Bars – an evening with Piper Kerman is a special fundraising event for the Elizabeth Fry Society (EFry) of Calgary.

“We’re incredibly excited to announce this event and to have Piper Kerman bring her humour and passion to our stage to help us shine a spotlight on the very serious challenges faced by women as they transition from correctional facilities back into the community,” says EFry’s Board President Virginia Ashley.

Kerman is the best-selling author of Orange is the New Black, My Year in Women’s Prison and the inspiration for the award-winning series of the same name on Netflix. Her book explores the experience of incarceration and the intersection of her life with the lives of the women she met while in prison.

A brief dalliance with drug trafficking while she was in her early twenties sent Kerman to prison ten years later on money laundering charges. She spent 13 months in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.

“The public expects sentences to be punitive but also rehabilitative; however, what we expect and what we get from our prisons are very different things,” says Kerman. “The lesson that our prison system teaches its residents is how to survive as a prisoner, not as a citizen – not a very constructive body of knowledge for us or the communities to which we return.”


What: The View from Behind Bars: An Evening with Piper Kerman

When: Thursday, April 14, 2016

  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Doors Open & Silent Auction
  • 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Presentation

Where: Macleod Hall, Telus Convention Centre 120 – 9th Ave SE

Tickets: On sale at www.eventbrite.ca

$50 general admission

$100 premium seating ticket includes a signed copy of Kerman’s book Orange is the New Black, My Year in Women’s Prison

“With Ms. Kerman’s help, we want to raise awareness about the unique challenges facing women – and their children – who are transitioning from prison to our community,” says Katelyn Lucas, Executive Director, Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary. “This event will raise funds required to connect more women with new chances at life in the form of jobs, homes and acceptance.”

Since her release from prison, Kerman has worked tirelessly to promote the cause of prison and criminal justice reform. This event promises to be a heartwarming and inspirational evening that brings together Calgarians who need to hear this important message that calls for reform and restoration, issues that the Elizabeth Fry Society has been advocating for 50 years in the Calgary community.