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The Library Foundation of Los Angeles cordially invites you to join us for the fifth episode of “The Writer’s Cut.” This new series celebrates the written word and how it comes to life on television thanks to the modern storytellers of our time: the writers who craft our favorite shows.

This fifth installment will feature Veena Sud , creator, executive producer, and showrunner for The Killing. To view The Killing (including the brand new fourth season), visit Netflix.

Library Foundation Members-Only Reception to Follow.

Because this program is free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7:30 PM.

Standby numbers are distributed in person only one hour before the program, on a first-come, first-served, basis. There is no advance wait list for full programs. Standby patrons will be admitted subject to availability.

Contact Libby McCarthy at libbymccarthy@lfla.org or 213.228.7503 with questions. If you have made reservations but can no longer attend, please let us know so that we can accommodate other guests who wish to participate.


Veena Sud

Veena Sud is the creator, executive producer, and showrunner for the original series The Killing. The show was nominated for six Emmys in 2011, including outstanding cast for a Drama series and Sud’s nomination for outstanding writing for a Drama series. The fourth and final season of the show recently premiered on Netflix, along with all other seasons. Sud has also been honored for The Killing in The Hollywood Reporter’s 2011 Power Showrunners List and Variety’s Women’s Impact Report.Sud was previously a writer and executive producer on the CBS police procedural Cold Case. Prior to that, she was a staff writer on ABC’s Push, Nevada. She worked as a print and broadcast journalist in New York City before moving into television writing. Sud is an alumnus of New York University’s Graduate Film and Television program. Her short films have been screened internationally, including at the Berlin International Film Festival. Sud’s fascination with “dark, flawed, complicated women” started at a young age. At 16 years old, Sud wrote her first screenplay about two prostitutes after persuading a Cincinnati vice cop to show her the underbelly of her town.She lives in Los Angeles and is represented by William Morris Endeavor.


Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison is a writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Timesand she hosted the daily Patt Morrison public affairs program on KPCC. She has won six Emmys and ten Golden Mike awards for Life & Times Tonight on KCET, and for her KPCC show, which won three Golden Mike Awards for Best Public Affairs Show in its six-year run. She’s the author of the best-selling Rio LA, Tales from the Los Angeles River, and her interview subjects include Salman Rushdie, Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore and Ray Bradbury.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When/Where do I check in for this event?
    Check in will open at 6:30 p.m. The main entrance to the Library will be closed, so the check-in table will be located in Fifth Street (between Flower and Grand Ave) outside of the Children's Courtyard leading to the Mark Taper Auditorium. If you park in the lot underneath the Libary, take the elevators to the plaza/street level and proceed southeast on Fifth St.
  • What is the reservation policy for The Writers Cut?

    Reservations will be taken until the program is full, at which point a waiting list will be maintained.  If you or anyone in your party can no longer attend, please inform us ahead of time, so that we can maintain an accurate reservation count as well as accomodate other guests who wish to attend.  If you are on the waiting list and a reserved guest cancels, a representative of the Library Foundation will contact you regarding availability.

  • Where is the Mark Taper Auditorium?

    The Mark Taper Auditorium and Flora Thornton Courtyard are located on the first floor of the Central Library at 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

  • Where should I park?

    Parking is available in the lot underneath the Central Library at 524 South Flower Street. Standard rates apply.