The good kind of Writers Bloc
Writers Bloc, the indecipherably spelled but generally wonderful reading series, has announced its fall schedule. Most appearances include an author in conversation, followed by a Q&A and then a signing; tickets for all announced events are $20. While it can be hard to keep track of Writers Bloc's events -- they're scheduled for a number of theaters, usually on the Westside -- it's really worth the effort.
- E.L. Doctorow, whose "Homer and Langely" is due in stores in September, will be at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, on Oct. 22.
- John Irving's 12th novel, "Last Night in Twisted River," is coming in late October; Irving himself will be at the Writers Guild Theatre, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, on Nov. 1.
- Barbara Kingsolver's "The Lacuna" is due Nov. 3, and she'll make a rare Los Angeles-area appearance Nov. 16, also at the Writers Guild.
Hendrick Hertzberg, Ruth Rendell, Frank Bruni and John Buntin, author of the forthcoming "L.A. Noir," are also on tap for fall. Check the Writers Bloc website for the complete schedule.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: E.L Doctorow. Credit: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press