June 1, 7:30 pm: Lisa See and Nina Revoyr: Chinese and Japanese Americans: a sometimes uneasy relationship with America

Only a handful of writers in America have explored the Chinese immigration experience as fully as Lisa See.  No one, however, has done it with as much variety, depth or reach to a wide audience.  From her thrilling family story, On Gold Mountain,  to her new novel, Dreams of Joy, Lisa See has mined individual, familial and collective Chinese American stories to produce a most wonderful window into what it means to be part of both cultures as a woman in the 20th and 21st…

May 24, 7:30pm:FREE SPECIAL EVENT: James Ellroy and Scandinavian Crime Writer Jo Nesbo. If you love Stieg Larsson, pay attention. SOLD OUT

This event is now full. At the Goethe Institute Auditorium, 5750 Wilshire Blvd. Every so often an author comes around who rattles our imagination.  Stieg Larsson, author of the “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, was one such novelist.  Writers Bloc invites you to come to a special event, an opportunity to meet and listen to Jo Nesbo, a Scandinavian crime novelist from Oslo who draws comparisons to Stieg Larsson everywhere he goes.  His books have sold millions in Europe, and in the UK they…

Feb.1: David Ulin and Peter Guber on The Lost Art of Reading

This is a special, almost defining program for Writers Bloc, a program that explores the purpose of reading literature.  David Ulin’s book, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, is an intimate and personal exploration of reading novels (and for discussion’s sake, we’ll include the occasional nonfiction work) for the sake of enjoyment, enrichment, stimulation and intellectual engagement.  David examines why reading matters, how thinking about ideas presented in literature can actually help us move forward as a civilization.  At…

Feb. 8: Peggy Orenstein with Lori Gottlieb

Peggy Orenstein writes about what women and girls, and mothers and daughters, should think about.  Her beat includes really anything that matters to women: issues of weight, sex, career, motherhood, investments, relationships, social networks and more—and not in that order.  You’ve read her pieces in The New York Times Magazine, and if you haven’t, start reading.  Her new book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Girlie-Girl Culture,  examines the alarming new “princessmania” of our culture that drives little girls, young girls…

Previous Events

Below are most of the authors and writers that Writers Bloc has hosted over the past several years. 1996 / 1997: Joan Didion Scott Turow Paul Theroux Ursula Hegi John Gregory Dunne 1997 / 1998: A.S. Byatt Garrison Keillor A dramatic reading of Steve Tesich’s last novel with James Woods, Swoosie Kurtz, and Daniel Stern Elmore Leonard with Martin Amis Isabel Allende Norman Mailer Robert Stone A night with Christopher Buckley, Steve Martin, Bruce McCall, and Wendy Wasserstein, moderated by Harry Shearer. Calvin Trillin with…