Byrd's Books is proud to be the new home of Write America!
Write America is a new author series created by writer Roger Rosenblatt, featuring award-winning, nationally-renowned authors, and new and emerging writers, in readings and conversation each week about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation. Conversations will be streamed on Byrd's Books' Crowdcast channel. Writers including Rita Dove, Major Jackson, Alice McDermott, Vijay Seshadri, Garry Trudeau, Francine Prose, Alan Alda, Amy Hempel, Tyehimba Jess, Natalie Diaz, Paul Auster, Juan Felipe Herrera, Billy Collins and many more will come together for these virtual events. Attendance is free.
The series launched October 2021. View the full schedule of conversations below. Registration will be open very soon for all events, many events are added daily, and the calendar is likely to adjust a bit. Stay tuned.
Whenever possible, signed copies of the writers' books will be available to purchase.
Write America Mission Statement:
We are each other's
We are each other's
we are each other’s
magnitude and bond.
- “Paul Robeson” by Gwendolyn Brooks
Write America is an organization of writers concerned about the divisions in our country that have evidenced themselves and deepened over the past few years. We see a torn America these days, jeopardizing basic principles of justice, freedom, fair play, and equality.
These principles are important to writers, felt passionately if shown indirectly. They undergird our poems, novels, essays, memoirs, every form by which we attempt to reach out to our human family through grace and precision of language and the quiet power of art. A writer’s words are a tacit call for people to gather round and discover or rediscover their common thoughts and feelings and their connections to one another. Whatever its subject, writing is at heart a moral force, what Stanley Kunitz called “the testing of existence at its highest pitch.” Writing makes justice desirable, evil intelligible, grief endurable, and love possible.
In this project, then, we have come together to read our work in the interests of life's nobler values. Normally, in the course of our profession, we keep our distance. We create, publish, and say with Chaucer, 'go little book,' to a remote receiving world. With our readings for Write America we will try to bridge that distance in a gesture of bonding. The nation is injured. We hope to contribute to its healing.
- Roger Rosenblatt
Upcoming Dates- all on Mondays at 7pm (except where noted): links provided for registration
Episode # Date:
SPECIAL EVENT Wednesday, December 1st: Roger Rosenblatt in conversation with Academy Award-winning lyricist Alan Bergman
SPECIAL EVENT Tuesday, December 14th: Richard Ford and Bruce Weber honor EL.Doctorow.
BREAK for the holidays
SPECIAL EVENT: Wednesday January 5th: Al Gore in Conversation with Roger Rosenblatt
43 1/17 /22 Susan Shreve and Thomas Becker
44 SPECIAL EVENT: Monday January 24th: Garry Trudeau and Jules Feiffer- in conversation about the art of cartooning
46 2/7/22 Elizabeth Hawes Weinstock and Vijay Seshadri
SPECIAL EVENT Wednesday, February 9th Billy Collins and Robert Reeves honor Frank McCourt
47 2/14/22 Tyehimba Jess, Molly Gaudry and Marie Howe
48 2/21/22 Arthur Sze, Alice McDermott and Henry Louis Gates
49 2/28/22 Grace Schulman and Samyak Shertok
50 3/7/22 Robert Reeves, Jill McCorkle and Magdalene Brandeis
51 3/14/22 Jamaal May, Michelle Whittaker and Lindsay Adkins
52 3/21/22 Ken Auletta, George Colt and Susan Isaacs
53 3/28/22 Jillian LaRussa and Roger Rosenblatt
54 4/4/22 Carmen Smith and Dan Halpern
55 4/11/22 Anne Fadiman and Lou Ann Walker
56 4/18/22 Meg Wolitzer and Delia Ephron
57 4/25/22 Jim and Deb Fallows
More episodes to follow.......
RECORDINGS FROM PAST EVENTS:
SPECIAL EVENT Wednesday, October 20th: Roger Rosenblatt in coversation with Norman Lear
33 10/25 Nick Flynn, Pablo Medina and Gail Mazur (Gail Mazur will be re-scheduled into 2022)
Past Write America episodes from Book Revue: HERE