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Allison Moorer

Five Things I've Learned About

What Memoir Demands. And All it Makes Possible.

Allison Moorer

Five Things I've Learned About

What Memoir Demands. And All it Makes Possible.

Join singer/songwriter, producer, and author Allison Moorer and discover the five things she’s learned about sharing her family’s stories in prose and in song – and about all that taking ownership of our most personal stories makes possible.

LIVE: Saturday, December 4
1:00pm pacific / 4:00pm eastern

Sam Wasson

Five Things I've Learned About

The Last Time I Saw Hollywood

Sam Wasson

Five Things I've Learned About

The Last Time I Saw Hollywood

Join celebrated author Sam Wasson in this live, 90-minute class and discover the five things he’s learned about Hollywood’s second golden age, and the ways that those few gorgeous years in the late sixties and early seventies illuminate the challenges shaping the film industry today.

Presented in partnership with John Kochman

LIVE: Sunday, December 5
5:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Nicholas Buccola

Five Things I've Learned About

Love, from James Baldwin

Nicholas Buccola

Five Things I've Learned About

Love, from James Baldwin

Join award-winning author and professor Nicholas Buccola in this live, two-hour class and discover the five things he’s learned about the meaning of love from the life and thought of James Baldwin.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

LIVE: Wednesday, December 8
5:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Lewis Watts

Five Things I've Learned About

Documenting Migration and Culture

Lewis Watts

Five Things I've Learned About

Documenting Migration and Culture

Join photographer, archivist, curator, and teacher Lewis Watts in this 90-minute class and discover the five things he’s learned about photography’s power to trace, preserve, and celebrate the people and communities of the African diaspora.

LIVE: Thursday, January 13
5:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Jonathan Taplin

Five Things I've Learned About

The Future of Media and Democracy

Jonathan Taplin

Five Things I've Learned About

The Future of Media and Democracy

Join acclaimed producer, executive, professor, and author Jonathan Taplin in this live, 90-minute class and discover the five things he’s learned about the tenuous link between media and democracy – and what the continuing convergence of media, technology, and politics means for artists, and for us all.

LIVE: Tuesday, January 18
5:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Larissa Zimberoff

Five Things I've Learned About

What Will Be On Our Plate in Ten Years

Larissa Zimberoff

Five Things I've Learned About

What Will Be On Our Plate in Ten Years

Join investigative journalist Larissa Zimberoff in this live, ninety-minute class and discover the five things she’s learned about how technology is reshaping our food and reimagining our food system – and what these changes mean for people who love food.

LIVE: Tuesday, February 1
5:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Five Things I've Learned About

The Lasting Legacy of the Negro Leagues

Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Five Things I've Learned About

The Lasting Legacy of the Negro Leagues

Join award-winning poet, author, screenwriter, academic, translator, and journalist Rowan Ricardo Phillips in this live, 90-minute class and discover the history of Black baseball, and continuing legacy of the figures whose shared achievement transformed America and its game.

POSTPONED: DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

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Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro

Five Things I've Learned About

The Art of the Interview

Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro

Five Things I've Learned About

The Art of the Interview

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Brooke Warner

Five Things I've Learned About

Giving Voice to What Matters in the New Year

Brooke Warner

Five Things I've Learned About

Giving Voice to What Matters in the New Year

Join writer and publisher Brooke Warner live and discover the five things she’s learned about putting out the message you most want to share in the new year.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Laurie R. King

Five Things I've Learned About

How Characters Come to Life

Laurie R. King

Five Things I've Learned About

How Characters Come to Life

Join New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King and discover the five things she’s learned about creating memorable characters who come to life for her readers.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Janine di Giovanni

Five Things I've Learned About

Moral Injury and its Personal Consequence

Janine di Giovanni

Five Things I've Learned About

Moral Injury and its Personal Consequence

Join multi-award winning journalist and author Janine di Giovanni and discover the five things she’s learned about understanding and surviving the moral injury individuals suffer when forced to witness an event that goes against their moral core.

Don George

Five Things I've Learned About

How to be a Travel Writer

Don George

Five Things I've Learned About

How to be a Travel Writer

Join the author of How to Be a Travel Writer, Lonely Planet’s best-selling guide to travel writing, and discover the five things that Don George has learned about what makes a great travel story — and how to maximize your chances for publishing success.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Anne Midgette

Five Things I've Learned About

How to Love Opera Like an Insider

Anne Midgette

Five Things I've Learned About

How to Love Opera Like an Insider

Join acclaimed music critic and opera insider Anne Midgette and discover the five things she’s learned that make it easy to appreciate and enjoy this essential art form.

Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Five Things I've Learned About

Documenting the Lives I Admire Most

Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Five Things I've Learned About

Documenting the Lives I Admire Most

Join award-winning documentary filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland — and her special guest Penelope Tree— and discover what she’s learned about documenting and sharing the lives of some of the transforming figures in art, culture, and fashion.

Featuring special guest Penelope Tree

Catherine Grace Katz

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing the History We Think We Know

Catherine Grace Katz

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing the History We Think We Know

Join acclaimed historian and writer Catherine Grace Katz and discover the five things she’s learned about how to uncover and share the stories that challenge our ideas of history.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro

Five Things I've Learned About

Deepening the Creative Flow

Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro

Five Things I've Learned About

Deepening the Creative Flow

Join acclaimed writers and interviewers Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro and discover the five things they’ve learned from own their experience — and from the experience of the many creative figures they’ve met — about cultivating and deepening the creative flow.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Elizabeth Lesser

Five Things I've Learned About

How the Hero’s Journey Changes When Women are the Storytellers

Elizabeth Lesser

Five Things I've Learned About

How the Hero’s Journey Changes When Women are the Storytellers

Join New York Times bestselling author and Omega Institute co-founder Elizabeth Lesser and discover the five things she’s learned about what happens when women trust their instincts, dignify their values, and speak their truths — and redefine what it means to be a hero.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

BJ Miller

Five Things I've Learned About

Living and Dying During the Pandemic

BJ Miller

Five Things I've Learned About

Living and Dying During the Pandemic

Join hospice and palliative care specialist Dr. BJ Miller and discover the five things he’s learn learned anew about living and preparing for death after this year of shared loss, challenge, and renewal.

Pico Iyer

Five Things I've Learned About

The Art of Stillness

Pico Iyer

Five Things I've Learned About

The Art of Stillness

Join internationally-acclaimed writer Pico Iyer and discover the five things he’s learned about opening up space in our heads, and in our days.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Isabel Allende

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing Fiction

Isabel Allende

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing Fiction

Join Isabel Allende, one of the most widely read and acclaimed authors in the world, and discover the five things she’s learned about writing fiction, discovering your voice, and writing the work you were born to create.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Jerry Saltz

Five Things I've Learned About

How to Look at Art

Jerry Saltz

Five Things I've Learned About

How to Look at Art

Join Pulitzer-Prize winning art critic and New York magazine columnist Jerry Saltz and discover the five things he’s learned about how artists and art lovers become really good at art.

Cara Black

Five Things I've Learned About

Crafting a Sense of Place

Cara Black

Five Things I've Learned About

Crafting a Sense of Place

Join New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cara Black and discover the five things she’s learned about the ways that a strong sense of place anchors readers and draws them into the story.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Simon Winchester

Five Things I've Learned About

The Joy of Dictionaries

Simon Winchester

Five Things I've Learned About

The Joy of Dictionaries

Join celebrated writer and raconteur Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman and The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary, on an invigorating journey into the history, art, and heart of dictionary-making 

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

Janine di Giovanni

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing Narrative Non-Fiction

Janine di Giovanni

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing Narrative Non-Fiction

Join multi-award winning journalist and author Janine di Giovanni and discover the five things she’s learned about writing — and appreciating — narrative non-fiction and memoir.

Richard Peña and Phillip Lopate

Five Things I've Learned About

Cinema’s Past, Present, and Future

Richard Peña and Phillip Lopate

Five Things I've Learned About

Cinema’s Past, Present, and Future

Join global-film community tastemakers Richard Peña and Phillip Lopate in this live, 90-minute online class and discover the five things they’ve learned about cinema’s rich history — and about the many ways to love the movies.

Presented in partnership with John Kochman

Aaron Dworkin

Five Things I've Learned About

How Social Change Really Happens

Aaron Dworkin

Five Things I've Learned About

How Social Change Really Happens

Join entrepreneur, professor, MacArthur Fellow, and President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron Dworkin, as he shares the five things he’s learned about the life-changing power of diversity in the arts.

Rabih Alameddine

Five Things I've Learned About

Being Grumpy

Rabih Alameddine

Five Things I've Learned About

Being Grumpy

Join internationally-acclaimed writer Rabih Alameddine and discover the few things he’s learned about the elasticity of identity and imagination.

Nina Collins

Five Things I've Learned About

Women and Aging

Nina Collins

Five Things I've Learned About

Women and Aging

Join writer, speaker, and founder Nina Collins, as she shares the five things she’s learned about the richness and promise that shape the second half of women’s lives.

Phillip Lopate

Five Things I've Learned About

Reading and Writing the Essay

Phillip Lopate

Five Things I've Learned About

Reading and Writing the Essay

Join acclaimed author and editor Phillip Lopate — the celebrated central figure in the revival of the American essay — and discover the five things he’s learned about the powerful legacy and continuing pleasure of this engaging, versatile art form.

Presented in partnership with John Kochman

Nicole Tung

Five Things I've Learned About

Documenting Stories of Conflict

Nicole Tung

Five Things I've Learned About

Documenting Stories of Conflict

Join multi-award-winning photojournalist Nicole Tung and discover the five things she’s learned about photos’ unique power to inform, to connect, and to document people’s lives

Russell Shorto

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing Family History

Russell Shorto

Five Things I've Learned About

Writing Family History

Join New York Times bestselling writer Russell Shorto and discover the five things he’s learned about diving into your past and bringing the story you find there to life.

Alexander Payne

Five Things I've Learned About

Film Making and Film Watching

Alexander Payne

Five Things I've Learned About

Film Making and Film Watching

Join Academy-Award-winning writer and director Alexander Payne in conversation with Richard Peña and discover the five things he thinks he’s learned about writing, directing, and editing films — as well as the joys that he’s certain accompany a lifetime of loving movies.

Presented in partnership with John Kochman

Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner

Five Things I've Learned About

What It Takes to Finish a Book

Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner

Five Things I've Learned About

What It Takes to Finish a Book

Join Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and Brooke Warner, Publisher of She Writes Press, and discover the five things they’ve learned about the essential mindsets that will help you get your book finished.

Joe Henry

Five Things I've Learned

by Song

Joe Henry

Five Things I've Learned

by Song

Join songwriter, singer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning record producer Joe Henry in this live, 90-minute class and discover the ways he’s found that the process and progress of our lives – like Song – knows more than we do.

Elizabeth George

Five Things I've Learned About

Editing My Own Work

Elizabeth George

Five Things I've Learned About

Editing My Own Work

Join New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George in this live, two-hour class and discover how the five things she’s learned about self-editing can help you to recognize what works in your own writing – and to fix what doesn’t.

Presented in partnership with Book Passage

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