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November Third Thursday: Dear 2020: Writing About Recent History & Current Events

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11/19/2020 From 8:00 PM CST to 9:30 PM CST


Our monthly Third Thursday program - free and open to all - features discussions on varying themes related to the craft and business of writing. Each month, we focus on a specific topic of interest to writers and readers, bringing together distinguished panelists for a conversation moderated by a WLT staff member.

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November Third Thursday

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Starts at 8:00pm CST

Free and Open to All


The year is (finally) coming to a close and - as we look ahead to the promise and potential of 2021 - it feels appropriate to look back at 2020 and the stories and discussions that shaped this remarkable year. For this Third Thursday program, join our panel of writers as they discuss how they approached chronicling this year like no other year. What's more, we'll be talking about the impact the year has had on writers and the literary community and how 2020 has been shaped by the power of the written word. The conversation will be moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver, and features Cat Cardenas, Dina Gachman, and Jeff Goodell. You can read more about each of our panelists below. 

This is the last Third Thursday of the year -- you won't want to miss it!



Cat Cardenas is a Latina writer and photographer from San Antonio. She graduated from the University of Texas in 2018 with degrees in journalism and anthropology and founded the university’s first National Association of Hispanic Journalists chapter. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Texas Tribune, Teen Vogue, and Paper Magazine. Since joining Texas Monthly as an associate editor in 2019, she has reported on issues such as immigration and focused on the state's minority communities.








Dina Gachman is an Austin-based writer and the author of Brokenomics. She writes for The New York Times, Vox, The Cut, Texas Highways, Smithsonian Magazine and more, and she's on Twitter @TheElf26.








Jeff Goodell has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA from Columbia University in New York. In 1989, he began covering crime and politics in New York City for 7 Days, a weekly magazine that won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 1990. Since 1996 he has been a staff writer at Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to The New York Times MagazineGoodell’s first book, The Cyberthief and the Samurai (Dell, 1996), told the story of the hunt for notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick. In 2001, after writing a cover story about the comeback of the U.S. coal industry for The New York Times Magazine, Goodell shifted his attention to energy and environmental issues. Our Story (Hyperion, 2002), his account of the nine miners trapped in a Pennsylvania coal mine for 77 hours, was a New York Times bestseller. He followed that up with Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate (Houghton Mifflin, 2010), a journey into the scary, morally complex world of geoengineering, won the 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit, one of the highest awards in environmental journalism. Goodell’s latest book is The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World (Little, Brown, 2017). His reporting took him to 12 countries and many coastal cities in the U.S., as well as to Greenland and to Alaska with President Barack Obama. The book was picked as a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2017, as well as one of Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2017. Goodell was a fellow at New America in 2016 and 2017 and is currently a Senior Fellow at Atlantic Council. As a commentator on energy and environmental issues, he has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He was awarded a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship in General Nonfiction.


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