Margaret Atwood on writing and tweeting
The author discusses her latest book
, ancient humans in Australia and the joys of Twitter.
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Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
LA Review of Books
contributor Joy Horowitz talks with Jill Lepore about her latest book on Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane. Lepore is the History and Literature department chair at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine, and her 2005 book
New York Burning
was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
A print version of this interview appears at http://lareviewofbooks.org/interview/what-gets-saved-and-what-gets-lost-an-interview-with-jill-lepore
Literary Birthday Celebration: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Poets Holly Bass and Al Young celebrate the birthday of American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing.
The Seen and Unseen Legacy of James Joyce's Ulysses
Johnna Purchase discusses James Joyce's classic novel,
Johnna Purchase studies English literature with an emphasis on modernist poetry at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
OED Symposium 2013: Welcome and opening remarks
The OED Symposium was a one-day event held at the Randolph Hotel in Oxford on 1 August 2013. Approximately fifty delegates, all leading international specialists in their fields, discussed future plans and possibilities for the Oxford English Dictionary. http://www.oedsymposium.com/
John Updike on Family Affairs | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios
"There is the fear that you somehow neglected to say what was really yours to say" - John Updike
Interview by John Freeman
Full Updike profile appears in Freeman's book
How to Read a Novelist
Updike Episode GIFs
Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith
"We Will No Longer Stay Silent To This Classism": NYC Poet Laureate Ramya Ramana
At Wednesday's inauguration for Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City's 2014 Youth Poet Laureate Ramya Ramana read a poem titled "New York City," dedicated to Bill de Blasio. Ramana is a youth activist and a first-year student at St. John's University.
Loft Equilibrium: PC Mu˝oz
A showcase of mixed-race Indigenous poets featuring Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow PC Mu˝oz, with Erica Nalani Benton, Emily Johnson, Jennifer Kreisberg, R. Vincent Moniz Jr, and DJ Nak.
Beverly Gologorsky and Elizabeth Strout
Join us for an intimate chat between Beverly Gologorsky and Elizabeth Strout about the novel
. They the discuss story and the process behind creating a book.
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tells the stories of the hard-working employees of a roadside diner in Long Island who struggle to make ends meet, to deal with the aftermath of the first Iraq war and the family destruction of the second Iraq war, and to find meaning in the crumbling fašades that mask the turmoil of their lives. In the novel, Beverly Gologorsky crafts strong, resilient female characters who represent the pillar of strength in their families' lives. The diner connects the fascinating story of each character. Beverly is also the author of the
New York Time
s notable book
The Things We Do to Make It Home
, which was a
Los Angeles Times
Best Fiction selection, and received a star review with
Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her collection
, and her most recent novel which debuted in March of this year is
The Burgess Boys
PEN Presents: Who's Afraid of Free Speech?
PEN PRESENTS: "Who's Afraid of Free Speech?" Powered by Google in conjunction with
brought together David Simon (HBO's
), E.L. Doctorow (
), Masha Gessen (
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
), Azar Nafisi (
Reading Lolita in Tehran
), and moderator James Fallows of
to the forefront of the massive surveillance debate playing out on Capitol Hill and in the headlines.
The panelists reflect on the relationship between privacy, identity, self-expression, and censorship to address challenges to free expression in the digital age, including the impact of surveillance on creative freedom, the disintegration of geographic boundaries and cultural context online, and the powers exerted by corporations as the new de facto content adjudicators.
Michael Ignatieff | Dec 11, 2013 | Appel Salon
The former Liberal leader on his candid memoir of the 2011 elections campaign,
Fire and Ashes
. With journalist Brian Stewart.
Tom Standage, Social Media: A Historical Perspective | Authors at Google
Tom Standage is
's digital editor; his latest book,
Writing on the Wall
, is out and describes the history of social media from the Romans to the Internet.
For more details, see http://tomstandage.wordpress.com/books/writing-on-the-wall/
Colum McCann won the National Book Award in 2009 for
Let the Great World Spin
. His latest novel,
, is an expansive story that blends fact and fiction to charting several Transatlantic journeys, from Frederick Douglass's in 1845, up to the many crossings of Senator George Mitchell as he helped negotiate the Northern Ireland peace process. We talked with McCann about the book, what inspired him to write it, and the two novels he has sitting in a drawer
Molly Knight Raskin,
No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin
No Better Time
tells of a young, driven mathematical genius who wrote a set of algorithms that would create a faster, better Internet. It's the story of a beautiful friendship between a loud, irreverent student and his soft-spoken MIT professor, of a husband and father who spent years struggling to make ends meet only to become a billionaire almost overnight with the success of Akamai Technologies, the Internet content delivery network he cofounded with his mentor.
Danny Lewin's brilliant but brief life is largely unknown because, until now, those closest to him have guarded their memories and quietly mourned their loss. For Lewin was almost certainly the first victim of 9/11, stabbed to death at age 31 while trying to overpower the terrorists who would eventually fly American Flight 11 into the World Trade Center. But ironically it was 9/11 that proved the ultimate test for Lewin's vision—while phone communication failed and web traffic surged as never before, the critical news and government sites that relied on Akamai—and the technology pioneered by Danny Lewin—remained up and running.
Jung Chang | Nov 13, 2013 | Appel Salon
The author of
on her new biography of Empress Dowager Cixi,
The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
. With author Charlie Foran.
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
THE EVERYTHING STORE is the definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos.
Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now. Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon.
According to Walter Isaacson, author of
, "Jeff Bezos is one of the most visionary, focused, and tenacious innovators of our era, and like Steve Jobs he transforms and invents industries. Brad Stone captures his passion and brilliance in this well-reported and compelling narrative."
Brad Stone has covered technology in Silicon Valley for over 14 years, with publications such as
The New York Times