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Allan Gurganus
Angela Paton
Christina Pickles
Jon Tenney
Jon Tenney
Gethin Anthony

See photos from this event here, on WordTheatre’s official Facebook page.

WordTheatre’s LA Author/Actor series welcomed Allan Gurganus for a special brunch event on September 21st. Allan Gurganus is a New York Times Bestselling author, and is best known for the novel Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters). The CBS adaptation of the work, starring Donald Sutherland and Diane Lane won a “Best Supporting Actress” Emmy for Cecily Tyson as the freed slave, Castalia. Gurganus’s other works include White People, (Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Pen-Faulkner Finalist), the novel Plays Well With Others, as well as his last book The Practical Heart: Four Novellas (Lambda Literary Award). His stories have been honored by the O’Henry Prize Stories, Best American Stories, and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Gurganus was a recent John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and is the recipient of an Ingram Merill Award. Thanks to our partners at Microsoft, there was complimentary valet parking and a catered brunch by Schaffer’s Genuine Foods. The performance was followed by a Q&A with the author with signings of purchased books courtesy of Small World Books.


  • Jon Tenney (Major Crimes, The Closer) read “Nativity, Caucasisan.”
  • Angela Paton (Groundhog Day, Harvey – Broadway) read “Under this Very Mall” an adapted excerpt from Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.
  • Christina Pickles (Friends, St. Elsewhere) read “It Had Wings.”
  • Allan Gurganus read Walt Whitman’s letter “Death of a Pennsylvania Soldier ” that inspired “Reassurance.”
  • Gethin Anthony (Charles Manson in Aquarius, Renly Baratheon in Game of Thrones) read “Reassurance.”

Produced and Directed by Cedering Fox.