About Face Value: For decades, we’ve discussed our insecurities in the face of idealized, retouched, impossibly perfect images. We’ve worried primping and preening are a distraction and a trap. But have we focused too much on beauty’s negative influence? A self-proclaimed beauty obsessive, Autumn…
About Face Value:
For decades, we’ve discussed our insecurities in the face of idealized, retouched, impossibly perfect images. We’ve worried primping and preening are a distraction and a trap. But have we focused too much on beauty’s negative influence?
A self-proclaimed beauty obsessive, Autumn Whitefield-Madrano spent more than a decade working at women’s magazines, where she witnessed firsthand the crafting of mainstream messages about beauty. In Face Value: The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women's Lives (Simon & Schuster; June 21, 2016), she thoughtfully examines the relationship between looks and science, social media, friendship, language, and advertising to show how beauty actually affects us day to day. Building on the tradition of Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth she complicates and modernizes the issues for this generation.
In her research, Autumn interviewed women with an extraordinary relationship to beauty—body builders, morticians, dominatrixes, nuns—and found that while the beauty imperative had affected them all negatively at times, their stories were surprisingly positive, too. Finding the core of that contradiction became her task with Face Value, which gives collective perception of beauty a fresh coat of paint with equal parts social commentary, cultural analysis, careful investigation, and powerful personal anecdotes. It is provocative and empowering—and will be a conversation starter for women everywhere.
Autumn Whitefield-Madrano is the creator of The Beheld, a popular blog that examines questions behind personal appearance. Her writing has appeared in Marie Claire, The Guardian, Jezebel, The Hairpin, Refinery 29, Business Insider, Salon, and many other media outlets, and her exploration of the ways beauty shapes women’s lives has been featured by The New York Times and NBC’s Today show. She lives in Astoria, New York.
About The Riveter:
The Riveter is a magazine that celebrates narratives and longform journalism by women. They are dedicated to exposing the power of women as storytellers, because they noticed a void in the representation of female longform journalists. The Riveter publishes stories that can’t be summed up in a sell line, because they believe that women as writers and readers deserve more from media.
Kaylen Ralph is The Riveter’s co-founder, editorial development director and brand director. She’s passionate about experimenting with the intersection of lifestyle brands and magazines. To that end, she co-founded Bird Dog Creative, a creative duo that specializes in social and visual editorial brand content strategy. She’s also a freelance researcher for The Sager Group. She dreams of a future in which “niche” publications are the new mainstream, thanks to thoughtful and deliberate brand partnerships, ideally fostered by her own publishing house (#dreambig). Born and raised in Rockford, IL, Kaylen currently calls Minneapolis home. You can find her curled up on her blue velvet sofa, glass of red wine (read, rye whiskey on the rocks) in hand, usually with Sex and the City on in the background. She loves hardcover books, agate stone, fur and her two younger sisters (and not necessarily in that order).
Joanna Demkiewicz is The Riveter’s editorial director and co-founder. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in May 2013, just two months after co-launching TR with Kaylen. She works as the publicist for Milkweed Editions, a publishing house based in Minneapolis, MN and sometimes freelance researches for The Sager Group, another independent press. When she’s not working, she’s drooling over Jack McCoy circa 1990s “Law & Order” or casually hiking around Minneapolis’ lakes, i.e. walking. Her favorite writers are Maureen O’Connor, Sloane Crosley, and Taiye Selasi. (Call her Yanna)
Dr. Kyra Mesich presents The Strength of Sensitivity: Understanding Empathy for a Life of Emotional Peace and Balance “You’re too sensitive!” Maybe you’ve heard a version of that in your life? Before she was Dr Kyra Mesich she was just Kyra, a girl who was highly sensitive, misunderstood, and easily…
Dr. Kyra Mesich presents The Strength of Sensitivity: Understanding Empathy for a Life of Emotional Peace and Balance
“You’re too sensitive!” Maybe you’ve heard a version of that in your life? Before she was Dr Kyra Mesich she was just Kyra, a girl who was highly sensitive, misunderstood, and easily dismissed. Today, she’s teaching a revolutionary new method of embracing sensitivity! Dr Kyra is author of The Strength of Sensitivity. She wants you to claim the strength, insight, and important qualities we embody as sensitive souls.
The Strength of Sensitivity is an uplifting & powerful guide for highly sensitive people in today’s world. Sensitivity used to be considered a weakness because it was defined from a very narrow point of view. No more! Today, we are empowered to understand our sensitivity from a holistic perspective in body, mind & spirit. Our physical sensitivities, emotional sensitivities, and empathic, energetic sensitivities are all tied together. When we understand the whole picture of who we are, we have new perspectives and tools to transform our self-concept, feel balanced and peaceful, and stand up for ourselves with confidence.
Dr. Kyra Mesich is an innovative holistic health practitioner and the creator of Empathic Awareness Psychology. Her passion is helping sensitive people find their power and strength. Sensitive individuals often feel dismissed and misunderstood. Dr Kyra gets it. As a highly sensitive person herself, she has traveled the road from being uncomfortable and overwhelmed to grounded and confident. Dr Kyra employs a unique approach which will transform how you think about yourself, give you tools to feel balanced and peaceful, and inspire you to stand up for yourself with confidence. Dr Kyra didn't know she would end up dedicating her lifelong career to empowering sensitive people, but it has been more rewarding than anything else she could imagine doing.
Author Rebecca (Becky) Anderson lost her husband Don to suicide in 2002. She had to navigate the trauma from this tragic loss for herself and her three children ages 5, 7, and 19. As part of the recovery process Becky and her three kids embarked on a healing journey with artist Laurie Phillips eight…
Author Rebecca (Becky) Anderson lost her husband Don to suicide in 2002. She had to navigate the trauma from this tragic loss for herself and her three children ages 5, 7, and 19. As part of the recovery process Becky and her three kids embarked on a healing journey with artist Laurie Phillips eight years later in 2010. Each family member had their own story to tell of how the suicide of husband and father impacted their lives. Their experiences are documented in their own words within individual books: Becky, Patti, Aidan, and Will. A fifth book, Parenting the Suicide Survivors’ Club, a memoir written by Rebecca Anderson, offers perspective as a mother, wife, and medical professional determined to put her broken family back together again. Out of the collaborative art and narrative experience between artist and family came healing and the 5-book set, Suicide Survivors’ Club: A Family’s Journey Through the Death of Their Loved One.
Rebecca Anderson is an author, mother, and medical professional with a BS in Public Health/Sociology, LPN, and LCSW. She’s served as a nurse in maternal/child health at Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, and as a social worker at Saint John’s Hospital, Maplewood, MN.
Laurie Phillips is a visionary, artist, healer, with a BA in fine arts who is a Certified Personal and Professional Coach. She lost her cousin to suicide when she was 12. She's had a successful career as a public artist since 1992, winning many grants and commissions.
Rebecca and Laurie present Trauma Transformed Through Art and Narrative for a variety of audiences that include Mayo Clinic, Mayo Medical School, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Minnesota), the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), St. Catherine University, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and other venues. Rebecca and Laurie's message is focused on opening conversation using art and storytelling; making difficult subject matter a little easier to discuss for suicide loss survivors and others healing from trauma and grief. To learn more about the books and Rebecca and Laurie as speakers please visit: www.suicidesurvivorsclub.org
Bourbon is not just alcohol—this amber-colored drink is deeply ingrained in American culture and tangled in American history. From the early days of raw corn liquor to the myriad distilleries that have proliferated around the country today, bourbon has come to symbolize America. In Bourbon: The …
Bourbon is not just alcohol—this amber-colored drink is deeply ingrained in American culture and tangled in American history.
From the early days of raw corn liquor to the myriad distilleries that have proliferated around the country today, bourbon has come to symbolize America. In Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, award-winning whiskey author Fred Minnick traces bourbon’s entire history, beginning with the New World settlers and following right up through today’s booming resurgence. He also lays out in expert detail the critical role this spirit has played throughout the cultural and even political history of the nation, complemented by more than one hundred illustrations and photos.
And most importantly, Minnick explores the mystery of who most likely created the sweet corn liquor we now know as bourbon. He studies the men who’ve been championed as its inventors over time—from Daniel Boone’s cousin to Baptist minister Elijah Craig—and, based on new research and never-before-seen documentation, answers the question of who deserves the credit.
Wall Street Journal-bestselling author Fred Minnick is the world's leading American whiskey critic and author. He scores American whiskey for Whisky Advocate and authored the award winning Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey, Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker and the upcoming Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey. He serves as a judge on the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and World Whiskies Awards. Minnick is the official bourbon ambassador for the Kentucky Derby Museum. View his work at FredMinnick.com.
From the author of international bestseller Einstein’s Dreams comes a new illustrated, deeply philosophical verse-narrative. After decades of living “hung like a dried fly,” emptied and haunted by his past, the narrator, a man who has lost his faith in all things following a mysterious personal …
From the author of international bestseller Einstein’s Dreams comes a new illustrated, deeply philosophical verse-narrative. After decades of living “hung like a dried fly,” emptied and haunted by his past, the narrator, a man who has lost his faith in all things following a mysterious personal tragedy, awakens one morning revitalized and begins a Dante-like journey to find something to believe in, first turning to the world of science and then to the world of philosophy, religion, and human life. As his personal story is slowly revealed, little by little, we confront the great questions of the cosmos and of the human heart, some questions with answers and others without.
Alan Lightman, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences since 1996, is adjunct professor of humanities at MIT. He is the author of several books on science, including Ancient Light: Our Changing View of the Universe (1991) and Origins: The Lives and Worlds of Modern Cosmologists (with R. Brawer, 1990). His works of fiction include Einstein’s Dreams (1993), an international bestseller; The Diagnosis (2000), finalist for the National Book Award; and Reunion (2003).
The story of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., a fortunate son who proved himself on the battlefields of two world wars. General Omar Bradley said of him, “I have never known a braver man or a more devoted soldier.” But for much of his life, Theodore Roosevelt’s son Ted seemed born to live in his father’s …
The story of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., a fortunate son who proved himself on the battlefields of two world wars.
General Omar Bradley said of him, “I have never known a braver man or a more devoted soldier.” But for much of his life, Theodore Roosevelt’s son Ted seemed born to live in his father’s shadow. With the same wide smile, winning charm, and vigorous demeanor, Ted possessed limitless potential, with even the White House within his reach.
In the First World War, Ted braved gunfire and gas attacks in France to lead his unit into battle. Yet even after returning home a hero, he was unable to meet the expectations of a public that wanted a man just like his father. A diplomat, writer, and man of great adventure, Ted remained frustrated by his lack of success in the world of politics, witnessing instead the rise of his cousin, Franklin, to the office that had once seemed his for the taking.
Then, with World War II looming, Ted reenlisted. In his mid-fifties with a gimpy leg and a heart condition, he was well past his prime, but his insistence to be in the thick of combat proved a vital asset. Paired with the irascible Terry de la Mesa Allen Sr., Ted soon distinguished himself as a front-line general in a campaign that often brought him into conflict with another hard fighter, George Patton. On D-Day, Ted became the oldest soldier and the only general in the Allied forces to storm the beach in the first wave, hobbling across the sand with his cane in one hand and a pistol in the other. His valor and leadership on Utah Beach became the stuff of legends—and earned him the Medal of Honor.
His Father's Son delves into the life of a man as courageous, colorful, and unwavering as any of the Roosevelt clan, and offers up a definitive portrait of one of America’s greatest military heroes.
Tim Brady is an award-winning writer whose works include Twelve Desperate Miles and A Death in San Pietro. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has written a number of PBS documentaries, and helped develop the series Liberty! The American Revolution, winner of the Peabody Award. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Loft Literary Center Proudly Presents A 2016-2017 Loft Mentor Series Reading with Julie Schumacher, and winners Erin Sharkey (nonfiction) and Elizabeth Tannen (poetry). Julie Schumacher grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University. Her first published…
The Loft Literary Center Proudly Presents A 2016-2017 Loft Mentor Series Reading with Julie Schumacher, and winners Erin Sharkey (nonfiction) and Elizabeth Tannen (poetry).
Julie Schumacher grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University. Her first published story, “Reunion,” written to fulfill an undergraduate writing assignment, was reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 1983. Subsequent stories and essays have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Ms., and Prize Stories 1990 and 1996: The O.Henry Awards. Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She has also published a short story collection, An Explanation for Chaos, and five novels for younger readers, including The Book of One Hundred Truths, winner of a Minnesota Book Award. Her most recent book is the nationally best-selling Dear Committee Members, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Schumacher is a professor of English and the director of the Creative Writing program at the University of Minnesota.
Erin Sharkey is a writer, producer, educator and graphic designer based in Minneapolis. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and is the co-founder of an artist collective called Free Black Dirt. She recently served as production manager for the Heart of the Beast Theatre's Mayday Parade and Ceremony. Erin is the co-host of Black Market Reads, a weekly podcast about literature and black cultural production and has appeared in publications such as Walker Art Center's Untitled and Paper Darts. Erin is a 2016 VONA/Voices Travel Writing fellow, a 2015 Givens Foundation for African American Literature Emerging Writers fellow, a Givens Foundation cultural producer-in-residence as well as a Coffee House Press in the Stacks artist-in-residence at the Archie Givens Sr. Archive at the University of MN.
Elizabeth Tannen is a Brooklyn-born, Minneapolis-based writer with essays, stories and poems published or forthcoming in places like Salon, The Rumpus, Front Porch, Southern Humanities Review, BODY, and others; one of her poems was recently selected as a finalist for Southeast Review's Gearhart Poetry Prize. Elizabeth is a former producer for NPR's All Things Considered, and holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of New Mexico. Currently, she teaches writing at Anoka Ramsey Community College, with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and at The Loft Literary Center. She founded and curates the monthly reading series, Five Writers, Five Minutes, Five Watt (555 Reads), at Five Watt Coffee in South Minneapolis.
Throughout the 1990s, Prince feuded with his record label, Warner Bros., over his rights as an independent recording artist—and made some of the most brilliant music of his career. During that time, Jim Walsh covered Prince for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and wrote about him passionately, thoughtfully,…
Throughout the 1990s, Prince feuded with his record label, Warner Bros., over his rights as an independent recording artist—and made some of the most brilliant music of his career. During that time, Jim Walsh covered Prince for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and wrote about him passionately, thoughtfully, exhaustively. Here, in real time, is that coverage: a clip-by-clip look back at Prince in the ‘90s. Walsh’s newly unearthed interviews, essays, columns, and reviews make Gold Experience an essential slice of history for fans, scholars, and latecomers to the Minneapolis-born musical genius Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958–April 21, 2016).
Join Walsh at the 1994 NBA All-Star game after party and release bash for the single “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” Accompany him to the after-hours clubs Erotic City, Glam Slam, and, of course, Paisley Park. Meet Prince’s wife and bandmate Mayte (and while you’re at it, take in the wedding and reception). Enjoy a two-hour sit-down interview with Prince. Explore Prince’s veganism, talk to fans in line for a Target Center show, preview the “Jam of the Year” concert and check in at the after party. The passions and influences, from Mozart to funk godfather Larry Graham; the gigs and the Paisley Park garage sale; Walsh’s open letter to the artist and his reflections on religion and spirituality. This is Prince as few have seen him, reported as only Jim Walsh can: a portrait of the artist from a dizzying array of angles, captured in living color for all time.
Jim Walsh is a Minneapolis-based writer, journalist, columnist, and songwriter and the author of The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting: An Oral History and, with Dennis Pernu, The Replacements: Waxed-Up Hair and Painted Shoes: The Photographic History. His recent book Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes: Jim Walsh on Music from Minneapolis to the Outer Limits is published by Minnesota. The former music editor at City Pages and pop music columnist at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he has published in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly, Melody Maker, Billboard, Utne Reader, and has been a recipient of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.
In the tradition of Schulz and Peanuts, an epic and revelatory biography of Krazy Kat creator George Herriman that explores the turbulent time and place from which he emerged—and the deep secret he explored through his art. The creator of the greatest comic strip in history finally gets his due—in…
In the tradition of Schulz and Peanuts, an epic and revelatory biography of Krazy Kat creator George Herriman that explores the turbulent time and place from which he emerged—and the deep secret he explored through his art.
The creator of the greatest comic strip in history finally gets his due—in an eye-opening biography that lays bare the truth about his art, his heritage, and his life on America’s color line. A native of nineteenth-century New Orleans, George Herriman came of age as an illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist in the boomtown of Los Angeles and the wild metropolis of New York. Appearing in the biggest newspapers of the early twentieth century—including those owned by William Randolph Hearst—Herriman’s Krazy Kat cartoons quickly propelled him to fame. Although fitfully popular with readers of the period, his work has been widely credited with elevating cartoons from daily amusements to anarchic art.
Herriman used his work to explore the human condition, creating a modernist fantasia that was inspired by the landscapes he discovered in his travels—from chaotic urban life to the Beckett-like desert vistas of the Southwest. Yet underlying his own life—and often emerging from the contours of his very public art—was a very private secret: known as "the Greek" for his swarthy complexion and curly hair, Herriman was actually African American, born to a prominent Creole family that hid its racial identity in the dangerous days of Reconstruction.
Drawing on exhaustive original research into Herriman’s family history, interviews with surviving friends and family, and deep analysis of the artist’s work and surviving written records, Michael Tisserand brings this little-understood figure to vivid life, paying homage to a visionary artist who helped shape modern culture.
Michael Tisserand is the author of The Kingdom of Zydeco, which won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for music writing, and the Hurricane Katrina memoir Sugarcane Academy. He lives in New Orleans. Visit the author at www.michaeltisserandauthor.com
Food and Feast is a culinary adventure offering a delightful taste of history through the foods, music and wisdom of the medieval table. Written by Laura Vosika, nationally renowned author of The Blue Bells Chronicles series, Food and Feast is the table companion to Vosika’s epic novels. The book …
Food and Feast is a culinary adventure offering a delightful taste of history through the foods, music and wisdom of the medieval table. Written by Laura Vosika, nationally renowned author of The Blue Bells Chronicles series, Food and Feast is the table companion to Vosika’s epic novels. The book also serves as a stand-alone for anyone who wants to “simply” spice up their recipe repertoire while enjoying well-researched, entertaining bites on the chivalry, wisdom and historical significance of the middle ages.
Laura Vosika is the author of the Blue Bells Trilogy. In addition to the Trilogy, she is working on several other novels and a non-fiction book on raising a large family. Laura grew up in the military, visiting castles and pig fests, and seeing many parts of the United States. She earned degrees in music and education, and has worked as a freelance musician, music teacher, band director, and instructor of private music lessons. She currently lives in Minnesota with her nine children, and assorted menagerie.
About Greg Hewett's Blindsight: "Hewett is a poet desperate to know—that ‘knowledge’ is never cheap and always comes at great cost is of no importance, because if anything this poet mistrusts simple vision. He aims deeper, darker. The stakes are high for this poet and his gamble pays off stunningly.”—Kazim…
About Greg Hewett's Blindsight:
"Hewett is a poet desperate to know—that ‘knowledge’ is never cheap and always comes at great cost is of no importance, because if anything this poet mistrusts simple vision. He aims deeper, darker. The stakes are high for this poet and his gamble pays off stunningly.”—Kazim Ali
In poems that are full of wit, touching, and introspective, as well as formally inventive, we find the poet losing his sight, becoming a parent, and occupying middle age with a sense of calm and inevitability. Hewett draws inspiration from the grand and the mundane, the abjection and joy of creating a vision out of blindness. These poems will change how you perceive the world.
Greg Hewett is the author of darkacre (Coffee House Press, 2010), The Eros Conspiracy (2006), Red Suburb (2002), and To Collect the Flesh (New Rivers Press, 1996)—poetry collections that have received a Publishing Triangle Award, two Minnesota Book Award Nominations, a Lambda Book Award Nomination, and an Indie Bound Poetry Top Ten recommendation. The recipient of Fulbright fellowships to Denmark and Norway, Hewett has also been a fellow at the Camargo Foundation in France, and is a professor of English at Carleton College. He is currently finishing a biography of the film noir actor Thomas Gomez.
About Chris Martin's The Falling Down Dance:
“Like the very best we have, Chris Martin is not a motivational speaker, he’s a poet. The Falling Down Dance is the book I want in the drunken frailty of a failing empire. These poems are the earthly manifestation of a beautiful off-grid voice always a cosmic block ahead of us.”—CAConrad
The poems in this book open a field of exploration around failure, love, despair, time, and fatherhood. It is a guide to surviving winter and learning to walk. It is a story about old houses filled with new song. Behold the first raspberry and the last clasping wet of the world as it parts to reveal mercy, a person.
Chris Martin is the author of American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007) and Becoming Weather (Coffee House Press, 2011). He is also the author of several chapbooks, including How to Write a Mistake-ist Poem (Brave Men, 2011), enough (Ugly Duckling, 2012), the serially released CHAT (Flying Object, 2012), and History (Coffee House Press, 2014). After editing one of the first online magazines, Puppy Flowers, for its entire ten-year run, he is now an editor at Futurepoem books and curates the response blog Futurepost.
Attitash and Elisabeth may believe their rare friendship will endure those desperate times, but nothing is easy in the New World. As many newcomers from England arrive, they bring both opportunity and greed. The demand for food increases, and so does fear of the Native people. The fragile peace treaty…
Attitash and Elisabeth may believe their rare friendship will endure those desperate times, but nothing is easy in the New World. As many newcomers from England arrive, they bring both opportunity and greed. The demand for food increases, and so does fear of the Native people. The fragile peace treaty between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag is threatened by treachery, and the friendship between Attitash and Elisabeth faces its toughest challenge.
“The richly developed characters (both those from the Mayflower and those from the land), and their friendships, loves, and feuds, make this narrative immensely enjoyable. The characters are well anchored in their time—the author enlivens their words, dreams, spiritual beliefs, fears and courage in vivid ways—and they come alive as we read. In fact, after the novel ended I could still see and hear the people and their actions, as well as their environment.” - Kramarae.
Kathleen Vellenga spent fourteen years as a Minnesota State Legislator, focusing on breaking down cultural barriers and empowering people. As executive director of the St. Paul Children’s Initiative, she led the establishment of multicultural Family Centers in St. Paul, including the American Indian Family Center. The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council honored her “in appreciation of your effort to support the needs of our children and their families.” She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Imagine a world where everyone read an hour each day. What would that world look like, and would it be better than the one we're living in? Join the Loft as we host Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James and Executive Director of the National Book Foundation Lisa Lucas for a wide-ranging conversation…
Imagine a world where everyone read an hour each day. What would that world look like, and would it be better than the one we're living in? Join the Loft as we host Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James and Executive Director of the National Book Foundation Lisa Lucas for a wide-ranging conversation about the importance, issues, and opportunities that books bring to our lives and culture.
Co-presented with the Minnesota Book Publishers' Roundtable, and with generous support from the Guthrie Theater.
Tickets will be $15 ($10 for members) and will go on sale January 18, 2017.
Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus. Lucas also serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival.
Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. James is a Loft board member and lives in Minneapolis.
About Big Ideas
"The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers.” James Baldwin said that. And we agree.
In a time when you can follow the news and access almost any piece of information at any time, it can feel overwhelming to even make sense of these fundamental questions about life and the world. At the Loft, we believe storytelling and poetry offer a way to take a deep dive into the big questions we face, providing new angles, empathies, and insights.