Great Barrington, Mass.—The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home co-present a conversation with couple Debbie Millman and Roxane Gay about Millman’s new book Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People, on Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. 

“As our existence grows more complex, the value of good design as a problem-solving tool only increases. Debbie Millman will have a lot to tell us about how creativity helps us navigate the world,” says Mahaiwe Executive Director Janis Martinson. “True to their stellar track record, The Mount has curated yet another compelling author conversation.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Mahaiwe to bring these two prolific and exceptionally creative thinkers and writers to the Berkshires for what will certainly be an engaging and thought-provoking evening,” says The Mount Executive Director Susan Wissler.

Debbie Millman is an author, educator, curator and host of the podcast Design Matters, one of the world’s first and longest running podcasts. She has written six books and has two books of illustrated essays. Her latest publication, Why Design Matters, showcases dozens of her most exciting interviews. Millman’s illustrated works have appeared in publications such as The New York TimesNew York MagazinePrint MagazineDesign Observer and Fast Company. Millman’s artwork is included in the Boston Biennale, Chicago Design Museum, Anderson University, School of Visual Arts, Long Island University, The Wolfsonion Museum, and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art. 

Roxane Gay is one of the great public intellectuals in America today. Her books include the modern-day classics, Bad Feminist: Essays (2014), which Time magazine called, “a manual on how to be human,” and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (2017), a “work of staggering honesty” (New Republic) that explores her relationship with food, weight, and body image. Gay’s new e-book is How to Be Heard (March 8, 2022 via Harper Collins), practical advice for anyone who wants to use their voice to have an impact on the world. A contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times, she is also the author of The World of Wakanda (2017) for Marvel Comics, and publishes a newsletter, The Audacity.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 17 at 12 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $50, with discounts for Mahaiwe and Mount Members. Contact the Box Office at 413-528-0100 from Wednesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. or visit

The presenting partners are also selling copies of Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People for $60 via the Mahaiwe Box Office. Mahaiwe and Mount Members receive a 10% discount if purchasing on site the day of show.  

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About The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center in Lenox, MA that interprets the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of writer Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs, including an annual speaker series and seasonal house tours. Learn more at

About the Mahaiwe 

Located in downtown Great Barrington, Mass., the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the year-round presenter of world-class music, dance, theater, classic films, Live in HD broadcasts, and arts education programs for the southern Berkshires and neighboring regions. The intimate jewel box of a theater opened in 1905. Since 2005, the performing arts center has hosted over 1,500 events and welcomed over half a million people through its doors. More than 22,000 students from 73 different schools have benefited from the Mahaiwe’s school-time performances and residencies. For more information, see

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