OCTOBER 7: Award-Winning Authors hosted by Simon Winchester
Simon Winchester: Simon Winchester, OBE, is a British author and journalist who resides in Massachusetts. Through his career at The Guardian, Winchester covered numerous significant events, including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal. As an author, Winchester has written or contributed to more than a dozen nonfiction books, has written one novel, and his articles have appeared in several travel publications, including Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian Magazine, and National Geographic. Pacific, Winchester’s most recent book, was published in October 2016.
Roy Blount, Jr.: The three familiar words Roy Blount Junior are shorthand for gently humorous and kindly prose, poetry, song and speech, an approach to life and its foibles and follies such as Mark Twain might have offered up a century ago. But these are harsher and more ugly times. In this conversation Simon will try to tease from Roy — who has a serious side, if not an overtly solemn one — how he supposes writing and thinking and creating will flourish or otherwise in today’s new and somewhat unprecedented political climate.