The Wallis and Writers Bloc Present
AN EVENING WITH AUTHOR JANE SMILEY
Moderated by David Ulin
Jun 15, 20237:30 PM
Join The Wallis and Writers Bloc for an evening of conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley moderated by renowned author David Ulin. Take a deep dive into Smiley's newest work, The Questions That Matter Most, a book that reflects on the literature that has meant the most to her—from Icelandic sagas to Mark Twain, from Little Women to Jessica Mitford and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Smiley explores what connects us to the stories we love, and why.
JANE SMILEY is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Last Hundred Years Trilogy: Some Luck, Early Warning, and Golden Age. Her novel Horse Heaven was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and Some Luck was longlisted for the National Book Award. Most recently, she authored The Questions That Matter Most: Reading, Writing, and the Exercise of Freedom. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.
DAVID L. ULIN is the author or editor of ten books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2015), shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein- Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay; The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time (Sasquatch Books, 2018), and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology (Library of America, 2002), which won a California Book Award. He is currently editing the Collected Works of Joan Didion for the Library of America. The former book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times, he has also written for The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The New Yorker, The Nation, The New York Times, National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and more. He teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.
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