Spoken Interludes is a critically acclaimed literary salon where award-winning, best-selling, and up-coming writers read their own work to audiences of 200 people and more. DeLauné Michel created Spoken Interludes in 1996, when the choices for literary events were limited to poetry readings or signings in bookstores. Since that time, this literary institution in New York and Los Angeles has been covered extensively by publications ranging from The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, GQ Magazine and has been heard on National Public Radio.
The salon begins with the audience arriving from 6:00 to 7:30 for an exquisite buffet dinner. The readings follow from 7:30 until 8:30, and feature writers such as: Andrew Solomon, Karen Russell, Wally Lamb, Francine Prose, Frank Bruni, Meg Wolitzer, Adam Gopnik, Jay McInerney, Jennifer Egan, AJ Jacobs, Ann Beattie, Blake Bailey, U.S. Senator Gary Hart, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Gary Shteyngart. The evening winds down with book signing and chatting with the authors.
Since its debut, Spoken Interludes has provided a place where people come together, enjoy great food, and hear stories like their own reflected in the voices of others. See a list of upcoming events.
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The Los Angeles Times“It’s like a bedtime story for the soul.”
The Journal News“With her Southern hospitality, DeLauné Michel has recast the literary salon.”
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André Dubus III with cousin DeLauné Michel
DeLauné Michel was raised in south Louisiana in a literary family that includes her uncle André Dubus and her cousin James Lee Burke. She has worked as an actor in theater, television, and film. The first two stories Ms. Michel wrote won recognition by the Thomas Wolf Short Fiction Award. Her first two novels, Aftermath of Dreaming and The Safety of Secrets, were published by HarperCollins. She recently completed her third novel. She is the founding producer of Spoken Interludes. In 2000, Ms. Michel developed Spoken Interludes Next, an outreach writing program for at-risk children in inner-city schools and juvenile institutions in Los Angeles and New York, reaching over 450 students a year. Spoken Interludes also runs an on-going book drive putting over 5,000 free books into the hands of underprivileged children. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two sons.