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This is why I do Writers Bloc.
I’ll never forget how, years ago, John Le Carre had no plans to come to the U.S. to promote his book. But I wrote to him, and told him that we named our dog Smiley, so that we could call ourselves Smiley’s People. He didn’t disappoint Los Angeles: the audience barely dared to breathe for fear of missing a word of his Alec Guinness impressions.
I’ll never forget how George Carlin spoke of meeting his childhood idol, and sobbed when reminded how cruelly that idol treated him when George ditched school to ask for his autograph. You could have heard a pin drop in that huge theater, suddenly the most intimate place in the world.
I’ll never forget when Stacey Abrams spent an afternoon with us, I knew I was in the presence of greatness: a woman who invited every question, who shied away from nothing. Her presence was at once electric and calming.
In our recent virtual event, former Governor Brown mused that as he looks out his window at his oaks, at his meadow, he’s exuberant–he knows he must do what he can, now. It was glorious.
And I’ll never forget the power of YOU, our audience. In 2017, right after the inauguration, Yale historian Timothy Snyder, expert on 20th century Europe, told us the dangers and signs of tyranny. A group of about seven retired ladies organized a purchase of 1200 of Snyder’s books, for every House and Senate office in Washington. Then they got on a plane and delivered the books to each office.
Perhaps you had experiences that moved you, or shook you, or made you consider different corners of issues when you’ve come to Writers Bloc, in person or online.
Writers Bloc has just launched our 25th season with a sense of great urgency. We have set the standard for literary events in Southern California, and because of our current situation, our programs are as excellent, engaging and as important as ever. Over the next several months we will be putting together many topical and important cultural programs for your enjoyment and intellectual exploration.
It is a pleasure to provide these virtual programs to you before we can meet again in person:
- Jill Lepore
- The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, A Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having- or Being Denied- an Abortion
- Margaret Atwood
- John Lithgow
- Jesse Wegman: Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College
- Eddie Glaude/Don Cheadle encore
- Andrea Bernstein: American Oligarchs: The Kushners, The Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power
and so many more to be announced soon. You can watch our virtual events anytime on our YouTube Channel.
Writers Bloc is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, and we hope that you will support us as generously as you can. Your contribution will be 100% tax deductible. We will not send you a gift or incentive– we will use our funding to produce the excellent programs you have come to expect over the years.
Almost all of our virtual programs are free of charge, except in the rare circumstance where the publisher requires a book purchase to gain admission to the program. Writers Bloc does not share in the book sales. These programs still cost money to produce. We run a very lean machine, but free events cannot generate any revenue or operating capital. I am coming to you to help me keep Writers Bloc running.
Consider the authors, thought leaders, journalists, elected representatives, artists, and public figures who have participated in our series to make it one of the best in the country. In just the past year or so, I’m so proud to count Adam Schiff, Rachel Maddow, Robert Caro, Salman Rushdie, the founders of Pod Save America, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and so many others, among our featured guests. Over the past several years, we’ve hosted six of the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates, including Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bernie Sanders. When we need that break from the news cycle, Mel Brooks, Paula Poundstone, and many other comedians and social critics have given us entirely new perspectives after the belly laughs have subsided. See what great events we have offered over the years here.
It is my great hope that you appreciate Writers Bloc as an important and enjoyable component to your intellectual engagement. I can’t thank you enough for coming to Writers Bloc over the years. We couldn’t have done it without you. Writers Bloc has been recognized in local and national press, most recently in The New York Times for our important work.
Writers Bloc is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, and we hope that you will contribute. If you have a foundation, or would be interested in becoming a sponsor of Writers Bloc, I ask that you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I thank you with all of my heart for everything that you have done for Writers Bloc, and for everything that we can do together in the next year.
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