Monday, September 19, 2011

David Taylor's Soul of a People

There is no denying it's Monday, but there's also no denying that David Taylor's award-winning documentary Soul of a People is bringing the beginning of the week back in a big way.

Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story is an award-winning Smithsonian documentary film about a diverse group of unemployed men and women who found relief from the Great Depression on the WPA Writers’ Project. To survive, they reported on local history and life for state guidebooks. They ended up producing an epic and controversial self-portrait of America, with effects that reverberated for decades. A few of them became famous later -- including Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, pulp writer Jim Thompson, John Cheever, May Swenson and Studs Terkel -- while others are less known today. Soul of a People offers a fresh look at the WPA writers, their lives and their legacy. Narrated by Patricia Clarkson, with readings and commentary by Studs Terkel, Richard Ford, Dagoberto Gilb, Amy Bloom, Reynolds Price and others.

Check out two venues that are discussing his work this Monday and Tuesday:

A screening of Soul of People: Writing America's Story (followed by a Q&A)
Tonight, Monday, September 19, at 7:00PM
at DC Tenley Neighborhood Library

A discussion about the book Soul of a People
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 20, at 7:00PM (Room #307)
at MLK Memorial Library

Both events are FREE, and give a chance to explore how a dramatic episode from history unfolds in two different formats.

If you can't make it out this week (or heck, even if you can!), but can't get enough David Taylor, consider signing up for one (or both!) of his upcoming fall workshops Writing Brilliantly About Science on September 27, or Writing a Documentary Treatment on October 29. Click on the links for more information and registration.

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