"This is a real community. A little food, a little conversation and a lot of literary substance."
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."
Los Angeles Magazine
The Safety of Secrets
"Almost impossible to put down..."
"Funny and touching..."
Spoken Interludes is a critically acclaimed literary salon where award-winning, best-selling, and up-coming writers read their own work. DeLauné Michel created Spoken Interludes in 1996, when the choices for literary events were pretty much 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: John Burnham Schwartz, Karen Russell, David Denby, Arthur Phillips, Michael Korda, Frank Bruni, Arianna Huffington, Michael Connelly, Jay McInerney, Jennifer Egan, AJ Jacobs, Kathryn Harrison, Ann Packer and Robert K. Massie. 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 audience before a show
DeLauné Michel was raised in south Louisiana in a literary family that includes her uncle André Dubus, her cousin André Dubus III, 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, and later work won the Pacificus Foundation Literary Award. Her first two novels, Aftermath of Dreaming and The Safety of Secrets, were published by HarperCollins. She is currently working on her third novel. She is the founding producer of Spoken Interludes, a critically acclaimed literary salon where award-winning, best-selling, and up-coming writers read their own work. Ms. Michel created Spoken Interludes in 1996. In 2000, Ms. Michel developed Spoken Interludes Next, an outreach writing program for at-risk children. Now in it’s twelfth year, the program is in inner-city schools and juvenile institutions in LA and NY, reaching over 450 students a year. She also organizes an on-going book drive for a pediatric clinic in Yonkers, NY putting free books into the hands of underprivileged children. So far, over 3000 books have distributed to these youth. Ms. Michel is the recipient of the Theodore A. Wilson Award for Outstanding Community Service. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband Dan Fried (an owner of H & H Photographers specializing in event photography) and their children.
| ||André Dubus III with cousin DeLauné Michel|