Degrees of Fictionality: Representing “Truth” Across Genres


About the Panelists

Leo Braudy, Channing photo_fob14Leo Braudy teaches literature, film and cultural history at USC. His new memoir, Trying to Be Cool: Growing Up in the 1950s, is the latest in a long list of renowned books, including The World in a Frame: What We See in Films, The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History and From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity. Braudy also co-edits the widely used anthology Film Theory and Criticism.


Fitch_B&W courtesy Claudia Kunin_1_fob14Janet Fitch (Moderator) is the author of the Los Angeles novels Paint It Black and White Oleander. Her short stories and essays have appeared in publications including Black Clock, Room of One’s Own, Los Angeles Noir, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She teaches fiction writing in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC and at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Fitch is currently finishing an epic novel set during the Russian Revolution.

Mark Harris_fob14Mark Jonathan Harris is an Academy Award–winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, novelist and distinguished professor in the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Among the many documentaries he has written, produced and/or directed are the Oscar winners The Redwoods (1968), a documentary made for the Sierra Club to help establish a redwood national park; The Long Way Home (1997); and Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000). He started his career as a journalist, and has also published five novels for children.

DanaJohnson_fob14Dana Johnson is the author of Elsewhere, California and Break Any Woman Down, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has been anthologized in Shaking the Tree: A Collection of New Fiction and Memoir by Black Women, The Dictionary of Failed Relationships and California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, she is an associate professor of English at USC, where she teaches literature and creative writing.