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The Writers Room with Reza Aslan celebrates LA literary scene

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Reza Aslan, author of "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam", speaks during a taping of NBC's 'Meet the Press' March 27, 2005 at the NBC studios in Washington, DC. The topic of the show was "Faith in America." Alex Wong/Getty Images

​Author and religious scholar Reza Aslan is used to answering questions. He's a frequent guest on public radio, "The Daily Show," "Real Time with Bill Maher" and countless other shows.

Now he'll be the one asking the questions as the host of a new monthly series of literary talks called The Writers Room. Aslan points out that as a creative city, the written word is celebrated in Los Angeles, though perhaps without the self-seriousness of other cities.

The inaugural guest is B.J. Novak, known for his acting in "The Office" and "Inglorious Basterds." He's also a television writer and last year published a bestselling collection of short stories, "One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories."

The series will be held at DBA in West Hollywood. Tickets and information is available at their website.

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