Santa Monica Reads

Santa Monica Reads 2022 - June 4 through August 6, 2022

Santa Monica Reads - Where I Was From - Resource Guide (PDF)

Welcome to the twentieth year of Santa Monica Reads! This year, we are reading Joan Didion’s Where I Was From. Didion, who died at 87 in December 2021, was one of the great California writers, a brilliant essayist, novelist, memoirist and screenwriter. Published in 2003, Where I Was From uses Didion's family history to bring together material from essays exploring the history and meaning of California, which were originally published in the New York Review of Books, The New Yorker and other magazines.

This year’s Santa Monica Reads celebrates Didion’s career, from the early essays of Slouching Towards Bethlehem to her final works. Our programs feature established authors and rising stars talking about Didion’s influence on their writing and on California literature, but the most important programs center on you. The heart of Santa Monica Reads is the book discussion, where we come together to talk about the book and its meaning to you. Most of our events will be in-person and outdoors, so we will be able to gather safely, but there will also be a virtual book group discussion. 

About Santa Monica Reads

Santa Monica Reads is a community reading program that invites Santa Monica residents and visitors to read the same book and then come together in book discussions and special events to talk about it.

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601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401