Byrd's Books is proud to be the new home of Write America!
Write America is a new author series spearheaded 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 Major Jackson, Alice McDermott, Vijay Seshadrii, Garry Trudeau, Francine Prose, Alan Alda, Amy Hempel, Tyehimba Jess, Natalie Diaz, Paul Auster, Juan Felipe Herrera and many more will come together for these virtual events, which are all free to attend.
The series launches October 4th with a conversation among authors Linda Pastan, Tennessee Reed and Frank Langella. 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 in which we attempt to reach out to our human family through the quiet power of art. A writer’s words are a tacit call for people to gather round and discover or rediscover their connections to one another. 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: links provided for registration
Episode # Date:
SPECIAL EVENT Wednesday October 20th: Roger Rosenblatt in coversation with Norman Lear
39 12/6 Jennifer Chang and David Lynn
BREAK for the holidays
43 1/17 /22 Susan Shreve and Thomas Becker
44 1/24/22 Garry Trudeau and Jules Feiffer- special event discussion on the art of cartooning
45 1/31/22 Miranda Beeson, Emily Bernard and Kurt Andersen
46 2/7/22 Elizabeth Hawes Weinstock and Vijay Seshadri
47 2/14/22 Tyehimba Jess, Molly Gaudry and Marie Howe
48 2/21/22 Arthur Sze and Alice McDermott
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 Julie Sheehan, 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
Please see past events HERE