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2016 National Black Writers Conference: Paul Beatty, "The Sellout: A Novel"
A panel on race and gender from the 13th annual National Black Writers Conference, featuring Paul Beatty, "The Sellout: A Novel," from the 13th annual National Black Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College (CUNY) in Brooklyn, New York.
You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice by Tom Vanderbilt
Why do we get so embarrassed when a colleague wears the same shirt? Why do we eat the same thing for breakfast every day, but seek out novelty at lunch and dinner? How has streaming changed the way Netflix makes recommendations? Why do people think the music of their youth is the best? How can you spot a fake review on Yelp?
Our preferences and opinions are constantly being shaped by countless forces – especially in the digital age with its nonstop procession of “thumbs up” and “likes” and “stars.” Tom Vanderbilt, bestselling author of Traffic, explains why we like the things we like, why we hate the things we hate, and what all this tell us about ourselves.
With a voracious curiosity, Vanderbilt stalks the elusive beast of taste, probing research in psychology, marketing, and neuroscience to answer myriad complex and fascinating questions. If you’ve ever wondered how Netflix recommends movies or why books often see a sudden decline in Amazon ratings after they win a major prize, Tom Vanderbilt has answers to these questions and many more that you’ve probably never thought to ask.
Tom Vanderbilt has written for many publications and is a contributing editor of Wired (U.K.), Outside, and Artforum. He is the author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) and Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America. He has been a visiting scholar at NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, a research fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, a fellow at the Design Trust for Public Space, and a winner of the Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, among other honors. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
2016 Tucson Festival of Books: Ari Berman, "Give Us the Ballot"
Part of our LIVE coverage of the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books
Virginia Heffernan: "Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art"
Virginia Heffernan (called one of the best living writers of English prose) reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet. Since its inception, the Internet has morphed from merely an extension of traditional media into its own full-fledged civilization. It is among mankind’s great masterpieces—a massive work of art. As an idea, it rivals monotheism. But its deep logic, its cultural potential, and its societal impact often elude us. In this deep and thoughtful book, Heffernan presents an original and far-reaching analysis of what the Internet is and does.
After Words with Fawaz Gerges, "ISIS: A History"
Professor Fawaz Gerges talked about his book, ISIS: A History, in which he looks the history and rise of of the terrorist organization. Professor Gerges was interviewed by Geneive Abdo, author of Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America After 9/11.
After Words with Pamela Haag, "The Gunning of America"
Historian Pamela Haag traces the history of guns and examines when & how they became a part of American culture in her book, "The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture." She is interviewed by William Doyle author of "American Hunter: How Legendary Hunters Shaped America."
Discussion of Donald Trump's "The Art of the Deal"
Politico Senior Writer Michael Kruse, Wall Street Journal Senior Writer Monica Langley, and Carlos Lozada of the Washington Post, participated in a roundtable discussion of Donald Trump's book, "The Art of the Deal," first published in 1987.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, "Writings on the Wall"
Former NBA player and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses his forthcoming book on the current political and social landscape, "Writings on the Wall," from the publishing industry's annual trade show, BookExpo America, in Chicago.
Oby Ezekwesili, Ibukun Awosika, TY Bello: "Smashing the Glass Ceiling"
To mark the 2016 International Women's Day, three extraordinary women leaders in Nigeria discuss "Smashing the Glass Ceiling" and navigating the limitations placed on women in African societies.
Oby Ezekwesili - Nigeria's former Minister of Education, former Vice President of the World Bank and leader of the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) advocacy group
Ibikun Awosika - Business leader and first woman chairperson of a leading Bank in Nigeria
TY Bello - Celebrity photographer, songwriter and philanthropist
Moderated by Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor
Michel Faber reads 'Barley Fields, Fearn, 16 August, 8 O'Clock'
From Undying: A Love Story. In Undying Michel Faber honours the memory of his wife, who died after a six-year battle with cancer. Bright, tragic, candid and true, these poems are an exceptional chronicle of what it means to find the love of your life. And what it is like to have to say goodbye.
5 Under 35 Celebration Panel Discussion
Colin Barrett, Angela Flournoy, Megan Kruse, Tracy O'Neill, and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi participate in moderated discussion with Benjamin Samuel, programs manager at National Book Foundation, sponsors of this program honoring young emerging writers who are poised to make a lasting impression on the literary landscape.
Emma Straub | June 13, 2016 | Appel Salon
Emma Straub, bestselling author of The Vacationers, on Modern Lovers. With Metro News columnist Sue Carter.
Rain Taxi talks to Amber Tamblyn
Rain Taxi spoke with poet Amber Tamblyn before she read from her book of poems, Dark Sparkler, at Magers & Quinn Booksellers on March 12, 2016.
Jill Leovy On Why Her Book "Ghettoside" Is So Valuable To Students
Journalist Jill Leovy (GHETTOSIDE) on the multi-discipline nature of her book, why professors should include it in their courses, and it's value to students.
A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America.
Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential, but mostly ignored, American murder—a “ghettoside” killing, one young black man slaying another—and a brilliant and driven cadre of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs. Ghettoside is a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a surprising new lens into the great subject of why murder happens in our cities—and how the epidemic of killings might yet be stopped.
Chitra Divakaruni: "Before We Visit the Goddess"
A beautiful, powerful new novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spices about three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another.
What makes a woman successful? Is it something that changes from time to time, and country to country? Chitra Divakaruni discusses this important topic in the context of her new novel Before We Visit the Goddess, a brilliant tale of a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love, where three generations of women must ask themselves this question.