Write America: A Reading for Our Country


Byrd's Books is proud to be the home of Write America!

Write America is an 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 Mondays 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.

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.

Episode #    Date:                                                                                                                                                                                     

71       8/15/22:       Dinitia Smith and David Nasaw

72       8/22/22:       Carla Cagliotti, Nicole Hebdon, and Dan Barry

73       8/29/22:       Gregory Pardlo and Nick Flynn

     9/5/22:         LABOR DAY- NO READING

74       9/12/22:       Fred Newman and Tony Earley

 75        9/19/22        Edvige Giunta and Richard Rabinowitz

 76        9/26/22      Rose Styron and Elizabeth Hawes Weinstock

 77       10/3/22      Carl Phillips and Elaine Pagels

 78       10/10/22    Adam Gopnik, Henry Louis Gates, and Claudia Acevedo-Quiñones

 79       10/17/22    Edward Zwick, Paul Harding, and Hilma Wolitzer

 80       10/24/22    Lindsay Adkins and Wally Marzano-Lesnevich

 81       10/31/22    Marissa Levien, Lora Tucker, and Suchita Nayar

       11/7/22     NO READING

 82       11/14/22    Paisley Rekdal, Robert Lopez, and Molly Gaudry.

 83       11/21/22    Linda Pastan, Carla Caglioti, and Miranda Beeson

 84       11/29/22    Cornelia Channing, Frank Bidart and
Richard Tillinghast

 85       12/5/22      Russell Banks and Alice McDermott

 86       12/12/22    Francine Prose and Billy Collins

Holiday break- see you back in 2023


Past episodes from 2022:

41       1/3/22           Sequoia Nagamatsu, Karla Brundage and Lance Morrow

SPECIAL EVENT: Wednesday January 5th: Al Gore in Conversation with Roger Rosenblatt

42       1/10/22         Francine Prose, LaTanya McQueen

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

45      1/31/22          Miranda Beeson, Emily Bernard and Kurt Andersen

46       2/7/22           Elizabeth Hawes Weinstock, Ursula Hegi 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     (Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was re-scheduled to the fall)

49       2/28/22:         Grace Schulman, Samyak Shertok and Jennifer Haigh    

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 Giménez and Dan Halpern- this episode was cancelled.

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

58       5/2/22:           Rose Styron, Philip Schultz and Marilyn Nelson

59       5/9/22 :          Susan Minot, Kirstin Valdez Quade, and David Remnick

60       5/11/22::        Special Event: Roger Rosenblatt in conversation with Derek and Sissela Bok (this episode is cancelled)

61       5/16/22:         Helen Vendler and Lloyd Schwartz (new line-up!)

62       5/23/22:         Edward Zwick and Patricia McCormick

       5/30/22:        MEMORIAL DAY- NO READING

63      6/6/22:           Susan Cole, Wyatt Prunty and Alia Trabucco Zerán

64      6/13/22:         Major Jackson and Genevieve Sly Crane

65      6/20/22:        Gail Mazur, Lloyd Schwartz, and Nicole Terez Dutton

66      6/27/22:        Rachel Pastan, Alison Fairbrother, and Tyehimba Jess

67       7/11/22:        Vanessa Cuti, Elizabeth Nunez, and LaTanya McQueen

68       7/18/22:        Maureen Murphy and  Joyce Maynard

69       7/25/22:        Carlos Fonseca, Priya Jain, and Rita Dove

     8/1/22:      NO READING

70       8/8/22:         Frank Bidart and Robert Lopez


Past Episodes PAGE FROM 2021

Early 2021 episodes from the Book Revue   


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