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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After Words with Eddie Glaude, "Democracy in Black"
Professor Eddie Glaude discusses the state of black America and the way for America to move forward in his book, "Democracy in Black." He is interviewed by Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League.
Jena Lee Nardella at University Book Store - Seattle
Ten years ago, Jena Lee Nardella, a fresh-out-of-college twenty-something, decided she wanted to save the world. Since joining with the band Jars of Clay to found the nonprofit Blood:Water, Nardella has helped provide clean water for more than one million people in Africa, healthcare for over 62,00 people in HIV affected areas, and more. In her new memoir, Nardella shares her journey over the last ten years, offering a fresh, honest, and intelligent perspective of what it looks like to continue to fight for your dreams and love the world even amidst harsh realities, brokenness, and corruption.
Poet Peg Boyers reads several new poems (2015)
Peg Boyers spent her adolescence in Venice, Italy, which is the subject of her poetry collection To Forget Venice (2014). Boyers’ earlier collections include Honey With Tobacco (2007), and Hard Bread (2002). She teaches creative writing at Skidmore College and the NYS Summer Writers Institute, and is executive editor of Salmagundi.
Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel Book Trailer
Want to innovate short story branding with Web 3.0 functionality? You need UPRIGHT BEASTS!
UPRIGHT BEASTS by Lincoln Michel.
The Best American Comics 2015 Panel
Bill Kartalopoulos leads a discussion with Roz Chast, Gabrielle Bell & Blaise Larmee about The Best American Comics 2015.
Best American Comics series editor Bill Kartalopoulos leads a dynamic, fun panel with selected artists from the Best American Comics 2015 anthology! Joining Bill are the longtime New Yorker artist Roz Chast, graphic memoirist of Lucky fame Gabrielle Bell, and the experimental frame-changer Blaise Larmee for a fascinating look at some of the work that went into the past year in words and pictures.
Michael Eric Dyson on "The Black Presidency"
As the 2016 presidential race heats up and the nation marks Black History Month, we turn to look back on President Obama’s legacy as the nation’s first African-American president. Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson has just published a new book titled The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America. From the protests in Ferguson to the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, to the controversy over the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Michael Eric Dyson explores how President Obama has changed how he talks about race over the past seven years.
What Is Love? Romance Fiction in the Digital Age
The Library hosted an international conference on romance fiction, featuring authors, scholars and special sessions.
McKnight Artist Fellowship Reading: LeAnne Howe
On October 2, 2015, Loft McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers Judge LeAnne Howe read at the Loft.
LeAnne Howe (born in 1951) is an American author and Eidson Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the University of Georgia, Athens. An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Howe's work has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies. Her book Shell Shaker received the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award for 2002. Evidence of Red, a collection of poetry, Salt Publishing, UK 2005 won the Oklahoma Book Award in 2006. Her second novel, Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story was published in 2007 by Aunt Lute Books. Seeing Red: Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film, Michigan State University Press 2013, an anthology of film essays on American Indians in movies is co-edited with Harvey Markowitz and Denise K. Cummings. Her latest book, a memoir titled Choctalking On Other Realities and was awarded the first the MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Language in 2015.
Rainn Wilson introduces The Bassoon King at University Book Store
Celebrated for his quirky, comedic talent and best known for his role as our favorite workplace nemesis, The Office's Dwight Schrute, Rainn Wilson has channeled his singular perspective into characters with fans around the globe, tweets with millions of followers, and a one-of-a-kind media company (SoulPancake). In his fascinating, hilarious, and profound new memoir, Wilson chronicles his journey from band geek to comedy king—covering everything from his nerdy youth and his struggles as a young actor to his adventures on The Office and his reconnection with the artistic and creative values of the Bahá'í faith.
Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty with Alan Light
The creative force behind American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty wrote, sang and produced their instantly recognizable classics “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Born in the Bayou” and more.
Join him as he discusses his new memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, and hear about his epic journey from his Northern California roots, CCR’s incredible success in the ’60s and ’70s, his retreat from music and public life to his hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally found love.
Sasha Abramsky & Robin Blackburn | The House of Twenty Thousand Books
After chronicling The American Way of Poverty and writing on politics at home and abroad for the New Yorker, Atlantic, Village Voice, and many others, Sasha Abramsky turns his keen eye on his own grandfather in The House of Twenty Thousand Books. A Jewish historian, a socialist, a collector (hence the pentadactylic hoard of the title), Chimen Abramsky’s long life in the short twentieth century (and into the twenty-first) is vividly chronicled and analyzed by Sasha in this tale of a lost leftist.
Sasha is joined in conversation by Robin Blackburn, former editor of the New Left Review and professor at the New School and the University of Essex.
Literary Swag Book Club | Between the World and Me
The LiterarySwag Book Club is a monthly meeting of interested people who want to have honest conversations about really good books. It will be held once a month in the Rare Book Room and will be moderated by Yahdon Israel, founder of the LiterarySwag movement. LiterarySwag's mission is to create a culture that simultaneously celebrates literature and style by fostering a community, connecting book and fashion lovers to each other in ways that weren’t previously possible.
The inaugural book club meeting begins with a conversation on Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me.
Liz Goldwyn & Sadie Stein | Sporting Guide: Los Angeles, 1897
Best-selling author, filmmaker, fashion editor and artist Liz Goldwyn supports her story collection, Sporting Guide: Los Angeles, 1897—a historical fiction inspired by the 1890s Los Angeles demimonde, where real consumer guides were printed (think Zagat and Yelp!) for making acquaintance with ladies of the night.
Liz is by the Paris Review’s Sadie Stein.
The Way We Think about Work Is Broken | Barry Schwartz
What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel.
Elaine Kamarck, "Primary Politics"
Brookings Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck discusses her book "Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates," which looks at the the primary nominating process and how it has changed from 1968 to present time.