PEN Out Loud: Alexandra Petri + Megan Amram

Humorist and Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri joins PEN Out Loud to celebrate the release of her satirical new book Alexandra Petri’s US History. Witty and irreverent, this collection of over eighty short satirical pieces provides a refreshing and hilarious new take on centuries of American history. She will be joined in conversation by author, performer, and Emmy-award-winning screenwriter, Megan Amram. Join us for an indoor/outdoor evening of drinks, hilarity, and American history as you’ve never heard it before. 



Alexandra Petri is a humorist and columnist for the Washington Post and author of Alexandra Petri’s US History and Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, a Thurber Prize finalist. Her satire has also appeared in McSweeney’s and The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts and Murmurs. She lives in Washington, DC.





Megan Amram is a comedy writer, performer, and author. She was a writer and producer on the NBC series The Good Place for which she received an Emmy nomination, The Simpsons, Transparent, Silicon Valley, and the final three seasons of the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. Her other past credits include writing for Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, Comedy Central’s Kroll Show, the Annual Academy Awards, and the MTV Movie Awards. She most recently set up her 2019 Blacklist script The Repossession at A24. Megan also wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the short-form series An Emmy For Megan for which she received three Emmy Nominations. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Vulture, and Vice Magazine and her first book Science…for Her! was published in November 2015 by Simon & Schuster. Amram grew up in Portland, Oregon, and currently resides in Los Angeles.


This in-person program will be co-presented by Second Home Hollywood and Skylight Books and is made possible in part by the support of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

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