Thursday, October 6, 7:30 pm: Novelist Russell Banks with Meghan Daum









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Tickets are $20 each.

Writers Bloc is delighted to present the truly great novelist, Russell Banks, in conversation with Meghan Daum.

If you are familiar with Russell Banks’ novels, then you are a fan. It is as simple as that. If you are not yet a Russell Banks reader, then come and hear him talk about his ideas. His novels change the way you look at the world. The fiction of Russell Banks is beautiful, lyrical, and addictive. His stories are based in social realism, and achieve what only the best art and literature can do—they make us better understand the world in which we live.

His novels, such as The Sweet HereafterAffliction, Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter, have established Russell Banks as a premier literary novelist. His novels take us into the deepest underbelly of American life and culture, into the darker parts of the human mind and soul. The thing is, while Banks guides us into this parallel universe, he shows us great moments of humanity and beauty. His new novel, Lost Memory of Skin, grabs you at the heart and throat from the moment you open the book. It is a novel about a young man who did stupid things when he was young, for which he was incarcerated. Banks and The Kid, as the main character calls himself, wrestle with the difference between guilt and shame. It is a riveting social study, and acutely life affirming as well.

Meghan Daum writes a weekly op-ed column (a favorite here at Writers Bloc) for the Los Angeles Times, and covers topics of cultural and social interest. She is funny and wise, and has the uncanny and enviable ability to nail a really large idea with a few but choice words. She is the author of several books, including Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That HouseThe Quality of Life Report, and My Misspent Youth.

Come and acquaint yourself with Russell Banks and Meghan Daum. At the MGM Building, 10250 Constellation Boulevard in Century City. The theater is in the rear lobby of the MGM Building; we suggest that you park your car and grab a drink or dinner at the Westfield Mall Century City, directly across the street from the MGM Building.

To make a reservation, please e-mail your request to reservations@writersblocpresents.com. Tickets are $20 each (cash or check only at will call).

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