Thursday, April 26, 2012, 7:30 pm: Arab Israeli author Sayed Kashua with Arieh Saposnik

Writers Bloc co-sponsors this program with thanks to the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA and UCLA’s Department of Comparative Literature. We invite you to participate in a wonderful cultural event featuring Arab Israeli author, satirist and television comedy writer Sayed Kashua, in conversation with UCLA Professor Arieh Saposnik.

May 31, 7:30 pm: Dick Van Dyke with Carl Reiner- SOLD OUT

We at Writers Bloc revel in our embarrassment of riches.  Dick Van Dyke with Carl Reiner. Consistently cited as one of the best shows in American television history, The Dick Van Dyke Show brought together Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam–  backed by the herculean strength of Carl Reiner’s vision and writing.  That show was legendary for any number of reasons—for Dick Van Dyke’s radiant warmth and multigenerational appeal,  and perfect comic genius, for Mary Tyler Moore’s brilliance, for the…

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…