Wednesday October 26, 7:30 pm: The New Yorker’s Dr. Jerome Groopman & Dr. Pamela Hartzband with Dr. David Feinberg: On Making the Best Medical Decisions


For years, we have read Jerome Groopman’s Medical Dispatch and Annals of Medicine in The New Yorker. He has shared stories about how he, as a Harvard oncologist, thinks as a doctor when diagnosing a patient. He has shared stories about how he, as a Harvard oncologist, thinks as a doctor when diagnosing a patient. Dr. Groopman studies an issue of public relevance, and in his careful parsing and almost Talmudic discussion, leads us through the complex process of how medical professionals arrive at a medical conclusion. In Your Medical Mind, Dr. Groopman and his physician wife, Dr. Pamela Hartzband, turn the tables a bit, and have written a book that guides patients to arrive at medical decisions that make sense for them.

Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 pm: Stephen Greenblatt with Eric Idle


It can be terrifying – and electrifying–when a radical thinker turns out to be right. Especially a radical Roman philosopher who wrote almost 2100 years ago. No one writes cultural, intellectual and literary history like Stephen Greenblatt. It can be terrifying – and electrifying–when a radical thinker turns out to be right. Especially a radical Roman philosopher who wrote almost 2100 years ago. No one writes cultural, intellectual and literary history like Stephen Greenblatt. William Shakespeare, (or just “Will,” as we know him in Greenblatt’s fabulous Will In The World) becomes flesh and blood as Greenblatt explains him, and his plays, through the prism of 16th and 17th century England. Greenblatt’s histories are, simply, thrilling.

Thursday, October 6, 7:30 pm: Novelist Russell Banks 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.

Wednesday, September 21, 7:30 pm: Calvin Trillin with Kevin Nealon- POSTPONED

Writers Bloc is delighted to present Calvin Trillin with Kevin Nealon. We love Calvin Trillin for his very serious musings on food; for his rhyming poetry about presidential (and decidedly non-presidential) candidates and the news of the moment; for his fiction; for his beautiful and moving nonfiction books that bring broad and profound understanding to the reader about topics intimate and personal; and for his hilarious essays in The New Yorker, Time and The Nation.