Authors, Journalists and Filmmakers Featured in Speaker Series


The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation encourages you to reserve your space for the upcoming Witte Lectures.

Jessica Fellowes
Jessica Fellowes

The series begins Friday, Jan. 22, with Jessica Fellowes, writer of the official companion books to “Downton Abbey” and niece of Julian Fellowes, the show’s creator. Fellowes will share her insights into the history of the period and the production of the series, from the painstaking accuracy of costumes and customs to the location at Highclere Castle.

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast visits Jan. 29-30. Her latest book, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” chronicles her relationship with aging parents as they shift from independence to dependence.

Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker, will speak on “Rosewater: An Iranian Odyssey, Feb. 19-20. The subject of Jon Stewart’s debut film, Bahari was arrested in Tehran while reporting on the 2009 presidential election protests and held in solitary confinement for most of his 118 days in captivity.

Award-winning fiction writer Sherman Alexie, promises to provoke, challenge and entertain with “Without Reservations: An Urban Indian’s Comic, Poetic & Highly Irreverent Look at the World” on March 11-12.

David Ignatius, bestselling author and Washington Post columnist, will speak about “ISIS and the World on Fire” April 15-16. His 2007 bestseller, “Body of Lies,” was adapted into a feature film.

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