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WordTheatre returned to West Hollywood this summer with an exciting line up of actors and writers!


  • Robert Forster (The Descendents, Jackie Brown) read “KLOF” by Ron Carlson
  • Marcia Gay Harden (Detachment, Pollock) read “The Book” by Ben Loory
  • Jason Ritter (Parenthood, The Event) read “Yeoman” by Charles Yu
  • Mae Whitman (Parenthood, Arrested Development) read “Swan Lake, A Synopsis” by Meg Howrey

About the Authors:

  • Ron Carlson  is the author of eleven books of fiction, most recently Room Service. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, and dozens of other anthologies. He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at UC Irvine. Among his awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award.
  • Meg Howrey is most recently author of The Crane’s Dance (Vintage, May 2012), featured in Vogue. Her debut novel was Blind Sight, which James Lapine called  “Smart, witty, and wise… a beautiful story that in its subtlety speaks to the fundamental questions of identity and love.” She is also a classically trained dancer and earned an Ovation Award for her performance in Contact in 2001.
  • Ben Loory’s book Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is now in its fourth printing. It was chosen as a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program and the Starbucks Coffee Bookish Reading Club. His stories have been featured in The New Yorker and on NPR’s This American Life, and he was recently a finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers Contest. He is an accomplished screenwriter and graduate of Harvard College. http://www.benloory.com/
  • Charles Yu’s newest short story collection Sorry Please Thank You is forthcoming from Pantheon on July 24, 2012. The New York Times said of his first novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, “Like Douglas Adams, Yu is very funny, usually proportional to the wildness of his inventions.” Yu is also the author of a story collection, Third Class Superhero, and one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” fiction writers to watch. His stories have been published in Oxford American, The Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, Mississippi Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among others. twitter.com/charles_yu

Produced and Directed by Cedering Fox