Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Writer's Life: A Report from the Field on May 22, 2010

On May 22nd, from noon to 1:00 p.m., AIW is hosting the panel, The Writer’s Life: A Report from the Field, featuring documentary film maker David Taylor; novelist C.M. Mayo; journalist Alan Elsner; and memoirist Kevin Quirk, in a lively discussion about their lives as professional working writers.

David Taylor co-wrote and co-produced the film "Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story," about the country as seen by people on the WPA Writers’ Project, aired on the Smithsonian channel and nominated for the 2010 Writers Guild Award. C.M. Mayo is the author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, an historical novel named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2009. Alan Elsner is the author of Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America’s Prisons, praised by the late Senator Edward Kennedy as making “an overwhelming case for reform.” Kevin Quirk is the co-author of Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for a New Life, 25 first-person accounts of passengers and first responders from the January 2009 plane crash and rescue that riveted the world.

This panel is one of many entertaining and educational events at Lit Artlantic, a regional three-day festival celebrating cross-currents in the arts. The festival is scheduled for May 20-22, 2010, at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, just a few blocks south of the Red Line’s Bethesda Metro stop. All festival events, including the AIW panel, are free and open to the public. For more information about the panel, visit the AIW web site, For information on the festival as a whole, call The Writer’s Center at (301) 654-8664 or visit their web site at