The Writer's Room
Host Reza Aslan eggs on attendees to ask outrageous questions.

In her 1992 essay collection, After Henry, California chronicler Joan Didion said “writers bring nothing to the party.” Joan, we beg to differ. After attending a new literary event called The Writer’s Room, we’re convinced scribes are the life of the party.

This is no folding-chairs-and-lectern reading. Instead, you’re seated on a banquette in a nightclub, sipping cocktails while a jazz combo plays. Then a surprise star (the night we went it was Max Greenfield from The New Girl) does a five-minute intro of your host, writer and UC Riverside professor Reza Aslan.

Aslan and his guest have a breezy, super-uninhibited chat. For example, The New Girl show runner Liz Meriwether talked about “sleeping” with a famous politician, her pre-Girls-era pilot called Sluts and Shakespeare. We left wanting to be her BFF. 

Future writers include Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Scott Neustadter (The Fault in Our Stars) on August 6, and Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club) on September 3.

Talks start at 8 p.m. (tickets, $30), so have an early date-night dinner, and then hit the Writer’s Room for a peek behind the creative curtain.

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