“A Regional Tasting of 20th Century American Authors” Lecture Series

A Regional Tasting Of 20th Century American Authors

Our Fall Lecture Series

Several years ago Susan Straight — a prolific writer from Riverside, California — was awarded the Robert Kirsch Award from The LA Times honoring a writer of the West for a lifetime’s accomplishments. Wallace Stegner was the first recipient of the award in 1980 and the award makes one have to think of how one defines a regionalist writer in America. A writer for KCET said, “Susan Straight is a “regionalist” of America’s unfinished places, with the understanding that America altogether is unfinished. She writes about her home, fully aware that our ideas of “home” have always mingled hurt and nostalgia, regret and longing.” 

Each of the books in this series takes a look at the diverse experiences of living and writing about life in America. They are strong novels flavored with the voice of the writer and the time and place they are written about.

Literary Affairs presents our Fall Literary Series “A Regional Tasting of 20th Century American Writers” led by Professor Charles Lynn Batten. 

September 13, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noonWinesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

October 11, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain

November 8, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noonGo Tell it On the Mountain by James Baldwin

December 13, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon – The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty




Discussions run from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and include a continental breakfast. The library offers 2 hours free parking.

The Beverly Hills Public Library
444 N. Rexford Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Individual events are $45 and the series is $160. Tickets can be purchased via the button below.

Literary Affairs has a strict no refund policy.

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