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Authors, Books, & Writing Programs

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Kathy Reichs is known for her crime-fiction novels chronicling the adventures of Temperance (Bones) Brennan, a forensic anthropologist at the fictional Jeffersonian Institute. Join her as she uncovers the challenges of translating real-life drama into the stuff of fiction, discusses her dual careers, and shares stories behind her newest novel, A Conspiracy of Bones.

Date of event
Friday, July 10, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Ready to combine your love of travel and of writing? In a daylong workshop, travel writer Michael Luongo offers the practical information you need to begin creating compelling travel articles that make readers want to know more about your favorite destinations and editors want to know more about you.

Date of event
Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.
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Mummy masks, maps, bibles, manuscripts, journals, and even old walls can have important undiscovered stories to tell. Michael B. Toth discusses how his pioneering work in imaging technology has brought once-lost corners of history to light.

Date of event
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
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Drawing on his new book The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson offers a vivid portrait of London and Winston Churchill during the Blitz, detailing how the prime minister taught the British people “the art of being fearless.”

Date of event
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
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Homer’s epic poems, masterful retellings of the legendary Trojan War and its aftermath, mark the dawn of Western literature. Classical archeologist Frederick Winter delves into the Iliad and Odyssey to examine the Greeks’ experiences of war from the perspective of the latest scholarship and archaeological findings.

Date of event
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
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The long shadow of the Civil War hangs over the series of great novels that William Faulkner wrote about a largely un-Reconstructed South. Author Michael Gorra sheds light on the inner and outer forces that shaped Faulkner’s literary imagination and discusses how the war is an inescapable point of reference in his characters.

Date of event
Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
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Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in spirited lectures and informal discussions about novels that explore stories set in Spain, India, the Dominican Republic, and the world of classical Greek mythology. This session discusses In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.

Date of event
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
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Bakari Sellers, a CNN analyst and one of the youngest state representatives in South Carolina history, examines the plight of the South's dwindling rural population of black working-class men and women. Drawing on his new book My Vanishing Country, he surveys the struggles that shape their lives: gaining access to healthcare, making ends meet as factories shut down, holding on to traditions as towns erode, and forging a path forward without succumbing to despair.

Date of event
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
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Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in spirited lectures and informal discussions about compelling novels that explore stories set in Spain, India, the Dominican Republic, and the world of classical Greek mythology. This session discusses The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

Date of event
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
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Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in spirited lectures and informal discussions about novels that explore stories set in Spain, India, the Dominican Republic, and the world of classical Greek mythology. This session discusses The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.

Date of event
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET

You've got a brilliant idea for a terrific film. Your next move is to master the steps in turning it into a reality on the screen. Spend a valuable two days with Marc Lapadula, a screenwriting professor at Yale University, as he analyzes the key ingredients of a successful script.

Date of event
Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.