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written arts | Feb 12th, 2019

L.A. Confidential Author James Ellroy, the “Demon Dog” of American Literature, is Now a Lavin Speaker

James Ellroy—the “Godfather of crime fiction”—is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning author behind L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia, American Tabloid, and most recently, Perfidia, which The Guardian called “an awe-inspiring vision of social, moral and human chaos.”  In candid talks, he... Continue Reading →
written arts | Dec 3rd, 2018

Gabby Rivera’s TED Salon Has Reached Over 500,000 Views

Featured on the TED homepage, Gabby Rivera’s TED Salon on writing America Chavez—the first queer, Latinx super hero—has reached over 500,000 views (and climbing.) She explains how growing up as a queer Puerto Rican in the Bronx informed America’s narrative: “that myth of having to go it alone and... Continue Reading →
written arts | Nov 28th, 2018

Legendary Author Margaret Atwood Has Announced a Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale

Set 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s sequel, The Testaments, was inspired by all of the questions fans had about Gilead—the fictional regime that has taken over America in the original book. “The other inspiration,” she says, “is the world we’ve been living in.”  With over... Continue Reading →
written arts | Nov 16th, 2018

Isabel Allende is the First Spanish-Language Writer to Receive an Honorary National Book Award

The House of the Spirits author Isabel Allende received the National Book Award’s lifetime achievement medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, joining previous winners Toni Morrison, John Updike and Joan Didion.  “Allende’s work is proof that stories about women written with women... Continue Reading →