Norman Lear, Edward Zwick and Al Gore are the latest luminaries to join Write America: A Reading for Our Country, the weekly literary series launched by novelist and Stony Brook University Distinguished Professor of English and Writing Roger Rosenblatt.
The series, broadcast live on Crowdcast each week, features a diverse group of award-winning, nationally renowned authors, alongside new and emerging writers, in conversation about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation.
“No matter how big Write America gets, the need is bigger,” said Rosenblatt. “The country is coming apart. Our writers’ adhesives are language, feeling and beauty. The quiet, moral power of art.”
Hosted by Alice Hutchinson, the free series is broadcast on Mondays at 7 pm, with writers including Alice McDermott, Garry Trudeau, Alan Alda, Amy Hempel, Tyehimba Jess, Delia Ephron, David Remnick, Ken Auletta, Susan Isaacs, Billy Collins and many more.
Zwick, a film and television writer, director and producer whose works include thirtysomething, Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai and Shakespeare in Love, will appear December 6 with poet Jennifer Chang and author David Lynn.
One recent special event featured Rosenblatt in conversation with Lear, an Emmy and Peabody Award winner and producer of such groundbreaking television sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times and Maude.
Other upcoming special events include Academy Award-winning lyricist Alan Bergman on December 1, Richard Ford and Bruce Weber honoring E.L. Doctorow on December 14, Garry Trudeau and Jules Feiffer in conversation about the art of cartooning on January 24, 2022, and Collins honoring Frank McCourt on February 9. The event with former U.S. vice president, senator and environmentalist Gore, author of An Inconvenient Truth, is yet to be scheduled.
Initially presented in collaboration with Book Revue in Huntington, NY, the series needed a new home after that bookstore’s closing, and is now presented by another local independent bookstore, Byrd’s Books in Bethel, CT.
Rosenblatt is a novelist, memoirist, essayist and playwright whose work has been published in 14 languages. He is the author of five New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and three Times bestsellers, including the memoirs Kayak Morning, The Boy Detective, and Making Toast. He has also written seven off-Broadway plays, notably the one-person Free Speech in America, that he performed at the American Place Theater, named one of the Times’ “Ten Best Plays of 1991.” He also wrote the screenplay for his bestselling novel, Lapham Rising. In 2015, he won the Kenyon Review Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement.