Chance Meetings: Online Literary Seminars

The Authors Guild Foundation presents a new series of online literary seminars featuring writers talking about classics of American literature.

Chance Meetings: online literary seminars featuring writers talking about classics of American literature

The Authors Guild Foundation is excited to present Chance Meetings, a new online literary seminar inspired by Rachel Cohen’s A Chance Meeting, a dazzling group biography that offers a striking vision of the making and remaking of the American mind and imagination from the Civil War to the Vietnam War.

Following the book’s spirit and shape, the monthly sessions feature talks on beloved and thought-provoking classics of American literature by contemporary writers with a personal connection to the works they are discussing. Cohen herself will lead two talks and circulate an e-newsletter to students in the weeks between sessions.

Seminar Schedule

Tickets are required for all sessions. Authors Guild members can buy tickets at a discounted rate.

Click any session title for more information.

May 22Rachel Cohen—An Introduction
June 10Colm Tóibín on Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner”
July 10Brenda Wineapple on Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”
August 8Merve Emre on Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House
September 5Saidiya Hartman on W.E.B. Du Bois’s Darkwater
October 17Daphne A. Brooks on Zora Neale Hurston’s Essays
November 13Langdon Hammer on Elizabeth Bishop’s North & South
December 11Rachel Cohen—A Conclusion

Authors Guild Newsletter

Receive important industry alerts, updates about our advocacy efforts, resources for your writing business, and more.

Sign Up Opens in a new window