Robin Gaby Fisher & Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr.

A Very Special Evening With Award Winning Journalist


And Award Winning Filmmaker



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The astounding story of Tania Head, whose heartrending account of surviving the World Trade Center attacks made her a celebrity—until it all turned out to be an elaborate hoax. It was a tale of loss and recovery, of courage and sorrow. Tania Head’s account of her experiences on September 11th—from crawling through carnage to escape the south Tower to losing her fiancÉ in the north Tower—made her both a victim and a hero. She became a key figure in the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network, leading tours at Ground Zero and using her own assets to fund charitable events to help survivors, never seeking personal monetary gain. But a problem would emerge, much later, with Tania’s inspiring account. None of it was true.

When Tania approached filmmaker Angelo Guglielmo to make a documentary about the survivors of September 11, he not only got hours of exclusive interview footage with her, he became her friend and confidant. Eventually Tania’s story began to crumble and the magnitude of her lies came to light—not only did she not work in the Towers as she had claimed, she wasn’t even in the country at the time of the attacks. Told from Guglielmo’s unique insider perspective, this is the incredible story of one of the most audacious quests for acclaim in recent memory—one that poses fascinating questions about the essence of morality and the human need for connection at any cost.

About the Author

Robin Gaby Fisher is the author of New York Times bestseller After the Fire. She is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and a member of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team. She teaches narrative journalism at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr., has made two award-winning films, Idling Brando and The Heart of Steel, and has written screenplays both optioned and in development. The Woman Who Wasn't There documentary is in post-production and is produced by Meredith Viera Productions and Academy Award-winner Ross Kauffman.

Praise for The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception…

"I finished reading this book weeks ago, but I can't put it down. It continues to haunt me and it will you as well. A story impossible to believe...except it's all true." --Meredith Vieira

“Alternately heartbreaking and horrifying, The Woman Who Wasn't There is a compelling real-life mystery as disturbing as a psychological thriller. The depths of Tania Head's deception hit me like a punch in the gut.” --Terence Winter, Creator & Executive Producer, Boardwalk Empire

"Thought provoking, heart wrenching, and unbelievable... Even knowing the outcome, I could not put the book down, awed by the stunning impact of one woman on so many lives." --Marian Fontana, author of the New York Times bestseller A Widow's Walk

“Taut and riveting as a mystery novel, except that it's all true. The tale of Tania Head, the ‘celebrity survivor’ is a fascinating psychological study of the best and worst of human nature. In their deft, compelling narrative, Robin Gaby Fisher and Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr. slowly, but inexorably, lift the curtain on one of the saddest, senseless, and yet most spectacular frauds in recent history. You will not be able to put this book down until you finish the last sentence, and when you do, you will shake your head in wonder.” --Amy Ellis Nut, author of Shadows Bright as Glass and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the Star-Ledger

“Not since Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man has a con been portrayed in such an empathetic and yet unsparing manner. At the end of Fisher and Guglielmo's masterfully nuanced portrait, Tania Head's deception of the survivors becomes understandable -- even as it remains unforgivable -- as a remarkable outgrowth of the capacity of the human psyche to deceive others by deceiving itself first." --John J. Farmer, Jr., former Senior Counsel and Team Leader to the 9/11 Commission and author of The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11

“Through the prism of a virtually inconceivable web of lies, Robin Gay Fisher and Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr. offer deep and compassionate insight into the true legacy of pain, guilt, and existential challenges facing those who experienced and lived through the terror of the September 11 attacks.” --Alice M. Greenwald, Director, National September 11 Memorial Museum

"Filmmaker Angelo J. Guglielmo Jr., who became one of Tania’s closest friends, teamed with prize-winning journalist Robin Gaby Fisher to write a compelling insider’s view of this audacious post-9/11 episode and the mysteries that remain about motive and morality. ... A fascinating read." --Bob Giles, Retired Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University.

"It's a terrific read. The reporting is tremendous. Robin Gaby Fisher and Angelo J. Guglielmo Jr. have written a detailed and memorable account of the woman who betrayed countless World Trade Center survivors.” --Sandy Padwe, Special Lecturer, Columbia University School of Journalism

Event date: 
Friday, April 13, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
12 East Main St
08809-1410 Clinton
After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316066228
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 6th, 2010