WIT: The Authors Guild Words, Ideas, and Thinkers Series features authors and thought leaders in conversation addressing the most important topics of our time.

Registration for WIT Series conversations is complimentary, but space is limited. Members of the Authors Guild Foundation Giving Society receive early access to tickets for AGF events. To learn more and become a member, click here. 

David Baldacci in conversation with Laura Pedersen
Monday, October 18 at 7PM ET
Mark Twain
Virtual Conversation
Registration opening soon

Christina Baker Kline in conversation with Matthew Thomas
Monday, October 25 at 7PM ET
Virtual Conversation
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Sam Sifton in conversation with Lynn Boulger
Monday, November 8 at 7PM ET
Cooking, Writing, and Breaking with Tradition
Virtual Conversation
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An Evening with David Grann and Douglas Preston
Tuesday, November 16 at 6PM
Explorers Club
46 E 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

James Shapiro in conversation with Ted Widmer
Shakespeare and Lincoln
Monday, December 6 at 7PM ET
Virtual Conversation

Jay McInerney
Date TBD
On Wine
Virtual Conversation

Jia Tolentino
Date TBD
The Lives of Women


Past WIT Series conversations

Scandal, Deception, and the Last Days of Robert Indiana

Bob Keyes has been a journalist for four decades. He is an award-winning, nationally recognized arts writer and storyteller with specialties in American visual arts and the contemporary culture of New England. Keyes has written about arts and culture for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram since 2002. In his new book, The Isolation Artist: Scandal, Deception, and the Last Days of Robert Indiana, Keyes tells a fast-paced and riveting story that provides a rare inside look into the life of an artist as well as the often, too often, unscrupulous world of high-end art. In this special conversation, Bob Keyes and the Authors Guild Foundation executive director, Lynn Boulger, discuss the bizarre true story of the artist’s final days, the aftermath, the deceptive world that surrounded him, and the inner workings of art as very big business.

Richard Thompson Ford and Vanessa Friedman

For the first event of 2021, we hosted an intimate conversation with Richard Thompson Ford, author of Dress Codes and Rights Gone Wrong, and Vanessa Friedman, Chief Fashion Editor of the New York Times, as they discussed the social perceptions and norms behind dress codes and their relation to the law and racial equity.


Peace, Love, and Social Justice: How Artists Shape the Cultural Dialogue

Jonathan Taplin has been tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band, a producer of major films, the creator of the Internet’s first Video-on-Demand service, and a cultural critic writing about technology. In his new book, The Magic Years: Scenes from a Rock-and-Roll Life, Taplin “makes a convincing case for art’s power to deliver us from ‘passionless detachment’ and rekindle our humanism.” In this special conversation with Authors Guild Council member Jonathan Taplin and the Guild’s president, Douglas Preston discuss the role that artists played in the social justice movements of the ’60s and ’70s and how that relates to the role artists play in today’s society.