I’m the broad behind Broadside, Caitlin Kelly, a career journalist.
My new book is “Malled: My Unintentional Career In Retail” , a memoir of my time selling outdoor clothing in an upscale suburban New York mall. It’s a no-holds-barred look at life behind the counter — and a detailed analysis of the American retail industry, the nation’s third-largest, and its biggest source of new jobs.
Entertainment Weekly calls it “an excellent memoir” and Bnet columnist Herb Schaffner says; “the best of reality journalism…a must-read.”
It was published in China in June 2013, and was nominated for the 2012 Hillman Prize, given annually to a work of “journalism in service of the common good.”
I speak frequently about low-wage labor and retail; there’s a link to my most recent talk at the University of Minnesota on the About page here. I’d love to address your group!
Broadside now has 5,465 followers, men and women of all ages and backgrounds from around the world, growing every day.
Six of my posts have been Freshly Pressed! Here’s the second most recent, about why saying thank you is so important.
A former staffer at The Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette and New York Daily News, I’ve been writing freelance for The New York Times since 1990. My other website has clips, resume, and dozens of useful writing tips.
My first book “Blown Away: American Women and Guns”, includes original interviews with 104 men, women, and teens from 29 states. It’s a clear-eyed, neutral look at why, how and when guns and women intersect. It’s not sold in bookstores; if you need a copy quickly, email me directly.
In 1998, I won a Canadian National Magazine Award for humor for an essay about my divorce; now re-married to Jose, a newspaper photo editor. Born in Vancouver, raised in Toronto, I’m a University of Toronto graduate, living since 1989 near New York City.
I live to travel, 37 countries so far.
Some of my adventures include:
– driving from Perpignan to Istanbul with a French truck driver
– snorkeling with blue starfish in Fiji
– taking ballet class with the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen
– flying through the middle of an iceberg on my way home from the Arctic
– climbing the rigging 100 feet, then standing on a foot-rope to furl sails on a Tall Ship
I also studied at the New York School of Interior Design, speak French and Spanish, and have lived in Toronto, Vancouver, Cuernavaca, Mexico, London, Montreal, New Hampshire and Paris.