Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and short story writer Junot Díaz writes some of the edgiest– and idealistic– prose in American fiction.
We hope you’re having a good and relaxing summer. We’ll post our upcoming programs soon, so watch for the following:
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.
We are now in the thick of campaign season. Whom do we trust to report all the news about primaries, campaigns and the mood swings of voters around the country? Only one journalist gives us the news, and the news behind the news, like Andy Borowitz. Perhaps one of the most important reporters on the election beat today, Andy distills the truth from the big story, and presents it to the American public in a way that the candidates can’t: truthfully.
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.
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.