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KCRW kicked off their first UpClose conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright and Kim Masters, host of The Business. The two sat down to discuss Wright’s new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

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Opening remarks to the packed house were made by KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro.

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The Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, a brand new, state-of-the-art theater located on the campus of New Roads School in Santa Monica, will be the home for the UpClose series throughout 2013.

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During the conversation, Wright made an impassioned plea to celebrity Scientologists to push for reform.  He likened the Church’s current troubles to the early days of Mormonism.

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You can read more about the event from LA Observed and The Hollywood Reporter who also posted an online picture gallery from the event.

Wright sat down with Masters beforehand for a lengthy interview for her show, The Business. The full interview and transcript can be accessed here.

Check out more photos from the UpClose conversation below:

Copies of Lawrence Wright’s book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief Photo by: Micah Cordy

Attendees included Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW’s Bookworm
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Lawrence Wright with his colleague from The New Yorker, Susan Orlean (right)
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Lawrence Wright and Kim Masters with guests
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From Left: Andrea Grossman, Founder of Writers Bloc; Kim Masters, Host of KCRW’s The Business; Lawrence Wright, Author and Jennifer Ferro, General Manager of KCRW
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