At the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 | Box Office: 310 434 3200
An Evening with Tom Wolfe

An Evening with Tom Wolfe

In conversation with Howard A. Rodman and guest actors

Master American chronicler Tom Wolfe, author of more than a dozen books–among them The Right StuffThe Bonfire of the Vanities, and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test presents us with a panoramic story of the new America in his most recent novel, Back to Blood.  

Wolfe joins screenwriter Howard Rodman for a conversation that spans Wolfe’s seven-decade writing career, from the days of “new journalism” to how he penned the terms “good ol’ boy” and “the right stuff.” Wolfe and his famous white suit take us on a journey through the postmodern era, accompanied by a reading with guest actors and an audience Q & A.

A book signing with Wolfe will immediately follow the program, with book sales courtesy of the Library Store.  “Wolfe is one of the greatest literary stylists and social observers of our much observed postmodern era.” (Time) For more information about the Library Foundation of Los Angeles' ALOUD series, please visit

Library Foundation members: please call The Broad Stage box office at (310) 434-3200 to receive your discount. 

Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He received the National Book Foundation’s 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.  He lives in New York City.

Howard A. Rodman is a professor of screenwriting at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Vice President of the Writers Guild of America, West, and has served as Artistic Director of the Sundance Screenwriting Labs.  He wrote Savage Grace, August, and Joe Gould’s Secret. Rodman is on the executive committee of the Writers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute of the Humanities.

Tom Wolfe’s words are performed by René Auberjonois, the esteemed Tony-winning actor whose career has spanned film, television, Broadway, and regional stages, as well as many audio recordings and broadcasts.  Audiences best know him from his years on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Boston Legal, and innumerable film and television appearances.

Photo credit:  Mark Seliger


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