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March Third Thursday: Comfort Writing: Writing About Food

March 18, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT

March Third Thursday
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WLT hosts Third Thursday each month, featuring discussions focusing on specific topics of interest to writers and readers, bringing together distinguished panelists for conversations moderated by a WLT staff member.

Let’s talk about food. Whether it’s family or friends sitting at the dinner table at the end of the day, or the passing down of recipes from generation to generation, food bridges divides and makes us feel at home and connected to each other. But how do you capture a good meal or recipe on the page? And how can writers use food as a way to understand the world around them?

Join us for our March Third Thursday as we dive into writing about food. This conversation will be moderated by WLT Program Director Sam Babiak.

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Featured Presenter(s)

Hannah HowardHannah Howard is a writer and food expert who spent her formative years in New York eating, drinking, serving, bartending, cooking on hot lines, and flipping giant wheels of cheese. She is the author of the memoirs Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen and Plenty: A Memoir of Food and Family, which comes out this September. She has been published in New York MagazineSalon, and SELF. For more information, visit www.hannahhoward.nyc.
Lisa-KoLisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, which was a 2017 National Book Award for Fiction finalist, won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. The Leavers was a national best seller and named a best book of the year by NPREntertainment WeeklyBuzzfeedThe Los Angeles TimesElectric Literaturethe Irish Times and others, and has been translated into five languages. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and her essays and nonfiction in The New York TimesThe Believer, and elsewhere.
José R RalatJosé R. Ralat has written for EaterImbibeDallas ObserverD MagazineViceCowboys & Indians, and other national and regional online and print media outlets. He is the author of American Tacos: A History & Guide (University of Texas Press, 2020) and made waves around the country when he became the first ever Taco Editor at Texas Monthly in 2019. Ralat is sought after for his authoritative and expansive knowledge on the local, regional, and national taco scenes. He has been featured by The New YorkerRemezclaTelemundoNPRLos Angeles Times, and the James Beard Award-winning ‘‘First We Feast’’ website, as well as English, German and Japanese media outlets. The New York Times has called Ralat ‘‘an expert on the folklore of the taco."


March 18, 2021
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
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