Julie Robinson and Literary Affairs

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Meet my friend, Julie Robinson! She runs Literary Affairs, an awesome reading group resource. Literary Affairs offers meetings with authors, conversations with experts relating to books being discussed, and even nationwide and overseas tours! The tours discover the books' settings, the authors' haunts and maybe, even, the site of the inspiration of a reading group pick. Julie takes her readers in a variety of experiences to take them Beyond the Book, in ways that are both intellectually stimulating and just plain fun. Julie leads over 30 book clubs in the Los Angeles area.

Here are Julie's upcoming  events.

Classic Literary Luncheon Series
The Victorian Novel

Friday, May 14: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Thursday, June 10: Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Series: $195 or Sign up for individual classes for $70 each
Includes discussions, lunch, and valet parking

Each luncheon will take place at the Beverly Hills Country Club from 11:30-1PM.

    The Moonstone                            

Join guest lecturer John Romano, former Assistant Professor of English at Columbia University and facilitator Julie Robinson discussed the novels. 


JOHN ROMANO, a writer-producer for movies and television, was an Assistant Professor of English at Columbia. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale in English and Comparative Literature, and in 1980 published Dickens and Reality (Columbia University Press), a study of the writer's relation to 19th century Europeans such as Tolstoy, Balzac, and Flaubert, as well as nearly a hundred articles and reviews. John has also published two essays in a collection, Dickens and Film (Oxford University Press). At present he is teaching a course on the Great Books of the Western Canon in Santa Monica.

In TV, he's been a writer-producer for more than a dozen shows, from “Hill Street Blues” (Emmy nomination) and “L.A. Law” to “American Dreams,” “Party of Five,” “Third Watch,” “Monk,” “The Beast,” and (currently) “In Plain Sight,” as well as creating three network series of his own. In the movies, his writing credits include “The Third Miracle,” with Ed Harris, “Nights in Rodanthe” with Richard Gere, and the Coen Brothers’ “Intolerable Cruelty,” with George Clooney, to whom he bears a startling resemblance. He has adapted Philip Roth’s “American Pastoral,” and, most recently, Michael Connelly’s “The Lincoln Lawyer.” In recent years, John Romano has lectured on the humanities in film and television at the National Endowment for the Humanities, at Princeton and MIT, as well as writing for Newsweek on the subject of violence in the media

He has two daughters, Clarissa and Juliana, and lives in Santa Monica with his wife Nancy Forbes Romano and three severely entitled dogs.

I wish I lived in Los Angeles (well, maybe, just to attend Julie's events!)


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I've been following the Literary Affairs posts for a long time and I'm constantly depressed that I don't live close enough to attend the events - they do some amazing things!