January 17, 2023: Bret Easton Ellis and Rachel Kushner

Writers Bloc Presents Bret Easton Ellis and Rachel Kushner

Tuesday, January 17, 2023


New Roads School

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

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No one does youth culture quite like Bret Easton Ellis. Especially in Los Angeles. One of the defining voices of 80’s literary Los Angeles, Ellis is the author of Less Than Zero, and the controversial lightning rod of American Psycho.

A master of writing about privilege and alienation in urban America, Ellis returns his narrative to Los Angeles with his new novel The Shards. Los Angeles is fertile and familiar territory for his searing cultural observations of the elite, and the dangers and temptations swirling around young people. Ellis’ Los Angeles is a very real place– and in The Shards, he gives us a protagonist whose name is Bret, who is trying to write a novel, and a private school called Buckley. Add to that a serial killer active in the San Fernando Valley, terrifying the Southland. The killer’s tracks are seemingly swirling closer and closer to the Buckley community as Bret battles his own bubbling paranoia.

In conversation with acclaimed novelist Rachel Kushner, author of Telex from Cuba, The FlamethrowersThe Mars Room, and The Hard Crowd. Shortlisted for the Booker and the National Book Award for her novels, Kushner is considered to be one of the most important and influential American writers of the moment.