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. 

James Shapiro in conversation with Ted Widmer
Monday, December 6 at 7PM ET
Shakespeare and Lincoln
Virtual Conversation
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Jay McInerney in conversation with André Hueston Mack
Monday, December 13, at 5pm ET
On Wine
Virtual Conversation
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W. Ralph Eubanks in conversation with Roxana Robinson
Monday, January 10, at 7pm ET
The Writing and Writers of the South
Virtual Conversation
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Jia Tolentino in conversation with Ronan Farrow
Monday, February 7, at 7pm ET
The Lives of Women
Virtual Conversation
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Past WIT Series conversations

Sam Sifton in conversation with Lynn Boulger

Sam Sifton, an assistant managing editor of The New York Times and founding editor of New York Times Cooking, and Lynn Boulger, Executive Director of the Authors Guild Foundation, discuss cooking, writing, and breaking with tradition.

Christina Baker Kline in conversation with Matthew Thomas

New York Times bestselling authors Christina Baker Kline and Matthew Thomas discuss managing time on and off the page.

David Baldacci in conversation with Laura Pedersen

#1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and author and Authors Guild Foundation President Laura Pedersen discuss Mark Twain.

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.