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Smithsonian Associates - Entertaining, Informative, Eclectic, Insightful

Authors, Books, & Writing Programs

Course
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for a series that explores the essential elements of close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative writing through the lens of four paintings that span centuries and styles. This session explores story.

Lecture/Seminar
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET

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.

Lecture/Seminar
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET

The bestselling author offers a very personal look at how she created a riveting new novel about the choices that change the course of our lives.

Lecture/Seminar
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET

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.

Lecture/Seminar
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET

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.