The Authors Guild Foundation’s Speaking Volumes series features authors and thought leaders in conversation, addressing the most important topics of our time.

Speaking Volumes with Richard Thompson Ford and Vanessa Friedman

For the first Speaking Volumes 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.