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Joan Didion interviewed by David L. Ulin at ALOUD [video]

November 24, 2011 |  8:00 am

An Evening with Joan Didion from ALOUDla on Vimeo.

On Wednesday, Joan Didion came to the L.A. Public Library's ALOUD series, held for the first time at Vibiana, the former St. Vibiana's Cathedral. They talked about her new book, "Blue Nights," the challenges of turning her journalist's gaze on her own family and her losses, and whether or not to rush to the barricades.

Tickets were so much in demand for the event that one longing reader had posted an appeal on Craigslist in the weeks leading up to the event, offering to pay twice the $25 ticket price to anyone willing to give up a seat. Now anyone can enjoy the full hour-plus discussion with Didion and L.A. Times book critic David L. Ulin, thanks to the Library Foundation's ALOUD series.

For those who'd like to see her in person, Didion is expected to return to Los Angeles for an event at UCLA Live on April 14. Tickets are, as of this moment, still available.


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