In 1957 a young Midwestern woman landed a job at The New Yorker. She didn't expect to stay long at the reception desk... but stay she did for twenty-one years.


"Evocative... Groth is exuberantly frank about her young self."
- Kennedy Frasier

2018 Events

  • January 2018 - Participant in a documentary film made in Scotland in honor of Muriel Spark's centenary. Titled "Passions: [Ian] Rankin on [Muriel] Spark," the film refers to the Remembering Muriel chapter in The Receptionist.
  • January 28th, 2018 - Honoree and speaker for Library Awareness Week luncheon at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church.
  • February 8th, 2018 - Interview with Nelly Kaprielian for French publication Les Inrockuptibles concerning French edition of The Receptionist.
  • February 17th, 2018 - Interview with Laurent Rigoulet of French publication Télérama re The French edition of The Receptionist.
  • February 18th, 2018 - Publication date of French  translation of The Receptionist, titled La Receptioniste du New Yorker. Editions du sous sol of Paris, publishers.

Past Events

  • April 12th, 2014 (5 to 7 PM) - A Writer Talks About Writing: Janet Groth will engage the audience by talking about the creative process of writing her memoir — The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker.
  • October 9th, 2013 (7 PM) - Reading at the Howe Library (Hanover, NH)
  • October 1st, 2013 - Judge at the Dashiell Hammet prize banquet (Somerset, NJ)
  • September 25th, 2013 (4:30 PM) - Guest Appearance Reading and President's Dinner at Plattsburgh State University (Plattsburgh, NY, Krinovitz Hall)
  • September 22nd, 2013 (3 PM) - Panel Participation with Boris Kachka (author of Hothouse) on eBooks vs. Publishing at the Brooklyn Book Festival (Brooklyn, NY)
  • August 13th, 2013 - Guest Appearance at the Redhook Book Group (Redhook, NY)
  • October 30th, 2012 (12 PM) - The Book Stall (Winnetka, IL)
  • October 29th, 2012 (12 PM) - Luncheon at the University Club of Chicago
  • October 27th, 2012 (6:00 PM) - Women and Children First Bookstore (Chicago, IL)
  • October 26th, 2012 (7:00 PM) - Elmendorph Inn (Red Hook, NY)
  • October 22nd, 2012 (6:30 PM) - New York Society Library
    Interviewed by New Yorker writer Mark Singer
  • October 11th, 2012
    (After the 8:30 PM performance of The Best Of Everything)
    HERE Arts Center (145 6th Avenue, New York, NY)
    Janet will discuss the play and her book after the performance
  • September 27th, 2012 (7 PM) - Common Good Books in St. Paul, MN
    Conversation with Garrison Keillor
  • September 20th, 2012 - Strand Bookstore (New York, NY)
    Calvin Trillin will talk with Janet about the old New Yorker
  • June 27th, 2012 - Greenlight Book Store (Brooklyn, NY)
    Interviewed by New Yorker writer Rebecca Mead
  • June 5th, 2012 - National Arts Club Book Launch
    Interviewed by film historian Foster Hirsch