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Biographer, J. Michael Lennon, exposes the double life of Norman Mailer
Learn more about Norman Mailer: A Double Life at http://books.simonandschuster.com/Norman-Mailer-A-Double-Life/J-Michael-Lennon/9781439150191 Norman Mailer was one of the most celebrated public figures of his time. Lennon explains he was a novelist, journalist, biographer, and filmmaker; a provocateur and passionate observer of his times; and a husband, father, and serial philanderer.
Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons
Even if you've never played Dungeons & Dragons, you probably know someone who has: The game has had a profound influence on our culture. Released in 1974—decades before the Internet and social media—Dungeons & Dragons is one of the original ultimate nerd subcultures, and is still revered by more than thirty million fans. Now, the authoritative history and magic of the game is revealed by an award-winning journalist and life-long dungeon master.
From its origins on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, and to its apotheosis as father of the modern video game industry,
Of Dice and Men
recounts the development of a game played by some of the most fascinating people in the world. Chronicling the surprising history of D&D's origins (one largely unknown even to hardcore players) while examining the game's profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences. An enticing blend of history, journalism, narrative, and memoir,
Of Dice and Men
sheds light on America's most popular (and widely misunderstood) form of collaborative entertainment.
BEA 13: Amy Tan
A Conversation with Amy Tan conducted by Leigh Haber, Books Editor,
O The Oprah Magazine
. Amy talks about her forthcoming book
The Valley of Amazement
(Ecco/November '13). The interview will be followed by a short Q&A with the audience, and book signing.
Claire of the Sea Light
by Edwidge Danticat book trailer
From the best-selling author of
Brother, I'm Dying
The Dew Breaker
: a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing.
Amazon: Interview with Jonathan Lethem
Jonathan Lethem discusses his new novel,
, his long-distance affection for New York City, and his obsession with New York Review Books Classics.
The Knowledge Revolution and the Future of Libraries
Ismail Serageldin speaks on the transformation of knowledge and how it will impact the future of libraries.
Samuel Delany & Mia Wolff discuss
Bread & Wine
Samuel Delany's revealing autobiographical love story,
Bread & Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York
, tells the story of a romance that defied social norms and brought two unlikely people together across the boundaries of class, race and convention. Delany was a successful novelist, essayist and professor, when he met Denis, a homeless man selling books on the street in Manhattan. They slowly developed a friendship that grew into a caring relationship—despite the immense differences in their lives. By turns bizarre, humorous and touching,
Bread and Wine
has garnered praise from the likes of Neil Gaiman, Edmund White and Alan Moore. Delany talks about the story with Mia Wolff, the co-creator of the graphic novel that grew out of it. Out of print for years,
Bread and Wine
has now been reissued by Fantagraphics Books.
The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress
When most researchers arrive at the Library of Congress, their journey of discovery begins in the Main Reading Room. As the home to the library's reference collections, the computer catalog center, and knowledgeable reference staff, the Main Reading Room's purpose is to make library research easily accessible to anyone with enough curiosity to pursue it. This video includes general information about the library's staff and material resources, the reader ID process, and encourages researchers to experience all that the library has to offer. Speakers include 2012 Library of Congress Junior Fellow Kristen Schumacher and Library staffers Cheryl Adams, Kathy Woodrell, Steven Davenport, Abby Yochelson, Thomas Mann, Kristi Conkle and Judy Robinson.
Sofia Hedstrom, Anna Schori, Gill Linton & Timo Rissanen talk fashion
Are you a fashion aficionado? In need of a style makeover? Dressing on a budget? Sofia Hedstrom and Anna Schori talk about their new book, Fashion Manifesto: The Guide for the Style Savvy, with friends Gill Linton & Timo Rissanen. They tell the story of the "wardrobe detox"— a year of fashion without cloths-buying - and give new tips on how to rediscover your style and stay fashion-frugal! Whether you're regularly fashion-conscious or feel that you need a style boost but don't know where to start, Sofia and Anna will show you how to reclaim your innate style as they share their story and ideas.
Joining Anna and Sofi are Gill Linton & Timo Rissanen. Timo Rissanen is the Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design. Gill Linton, is the founder and CEO of Byronesque, an editorial and e-commerce website completely dedicated to vintage fashion culture.
BEA 2013: Keynote: Shaping The Future of the Book
The publishing industry is undergoing more change now than at any time in its history. Booksellers, publishers and others aligned with the book industry are seeking new ways to engage readers, build communities and encourage reading at every age! Fostering the importance of reading in young children and offering new books and authors throughout their life is a goal for all members of the industry. Although, there has been an industry shift from print to digital - altering how we acquire, develop, distribute, sell, loan and read books affects every piece of the value chain from Author to reader — it is still all about reading! Ingram Content Group Chief Executive Officer John Ingram will moderate a panel of thought leaders who are turning the traditional way of publishing and bookselling on its head and helping shape the future of the book through innovation, new business models, and determination. Join in the discussion focusing on the most important issue in our industry — reading!
My Mother's Wars
http://lareviewofbooks.org/ talks with Lillian Faderman about her new book
My Mother's Wars
. Filmed at the LA Times Festival of Books at USC on April 12, 2013.
Goodreads: The Book Thief (Official Trailer #1 2013)
While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Alissa Quart & Susan Cain discuss
Republic of Outsiders
Alissa Quart, author of
Hot House Kids
, is back with a new and insightful look at America's emerging subcultures. Now Quart, who
author Susan Cain has called, "one of the smartest cultural interpreters of her generation" is back with
Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers, and Rebels
. Tracing the increasing impact of marginal culture on America's pop mainstream—from slow food, to Indie-rock, to gender-fluid activism—Quart shows the power and promise that outsiders bring to our increasingly interconnected world. She traces the stories of specific individuals and shows the enormous impact they have through what she calls " identity innovation," proving in the process that being "weird" can be a source of strength. Join us for an evening for exciting discussion about the changes taking place in our culture today!
Susan Cain joins Alissa Quart, for this very special conversation in our rare book room.
Cris Beam & Adam Davidson
Cris Beam, noted author and public school teacher explores the troubled world of the foster care system in her new book,
To The End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
. Beam, a foster parent herself, examines the lives of children raised in the foster care system from birth through adulthood, while looking at the history of the foster care system and the often conflicted emotions surrounding it. She proposes new ways mend the system, and fresh perspectives at what it is we seek in "family."
To The End of June
has been called "sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family."
Joining Cris is Adam Davidson, co-founder and co-host of NPR's Planet Money, a co-production of This American Life. Before Planet Money, Adam was the International Business and Economics Correspondent for NPR.
What Conspiracy Theories Say About Us: Jesse Walker
"Political paranoia, and conspiracy theories in particular, have been a part of the United States since before there was a United States," explains
books editor Jesse Walker, author of the new book
The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory
. "Even when a conspiracy theory says absolutely nothing true about the object of the theory, if it catches on it says something true about the anxieties and the experiences about the people who believe it."
Rejecting the assumption that these beliefs are the purview of outsiders on the fringes of society, Walker details how even those at the very heart of American power — from John Quincy Adams' fear of Freemasons to LBJ's insistence that communists were stoking race riots — have held these views.
ReasonTV's Nick Gillespie sat down with Walker to discuss his book, the deep history of conspiracy theories in America, and how he became fascinated with the topic.