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National Writers Series

JAN 31

An Evening with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope looks at the big picture of America’s fading working class by looking at the smaller picture of Kristof’s childhood home in rural Yamhill, Ore.


An Evening with Steve Luxenberg

Separate tells the dramatic and compelling 19th century story of the case that cut to the heart of the battles over race and equality—battles that rages throughout American history and continue to the present day.


An Evening with Peter Heller

Adventurer and author Peter Heller returns to NWS with The River, a tale of wilderness survival and a friendship tested by fire, white water and violence in the vein of Into the Wild.


An Evening with Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan has been charming us with her warmth, humor and powerful female characters for more than 30 years from Stella’s Got Her Groove Back to Waiting to Exhale. Now she’s back with It’s Not All Downhill From Here, a novel filled with an ensemble of McMillan’s strong women.

APR 22

An Evening with Pam Houston

On impulse, Pam Houston bought a Colorado ranch. It was more than she could afford and more work than she expected, but it’s defined the last quarter-century of her life and helped redeem her faith in humanity

MAY 14

An evening with Robert Giles

Former Akron Beacon Journal editor Bob Giles will recount The Kent State shootings and how his reporters were able to get it right.

MAY 20

An Evening with Scott Turow

Scott Turow has sold 30 million copies of his legal thrillers around the world. Now he has a new one—The Last Trial about an 85-year-old defense attorney taking on his last case.

JUN 11

An Evening with Elaine Weiss

In honor of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Elaine Weiss brings her book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.

JUN 28

An Evening with Anthony Kronman

Anthony Kronman, the former dean of Yale Law School, thinks colleges have gone overboard in their quests for equality.

JUL 10

An Evening with Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo has been a student of the spiritual journey and the creative process for more than forty years. The deeper we go into the creative process, the more alive we become.

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