Barry Miles and John Tytell discuss William S. Burroughs
Acclaimed biographer Barry Miles discusses his new work,
Call Me Burroughs
, with John Tytell.
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After Words with Nancy Cohen, "Breakthrough"
Nancy Cohen discusses her book "Breakthrough: The Making of America's First Woman President" which looks at the challenges women face in politics, and the potential of a woman president.
2016 Tucson Festival of Books: Ari Berman, "Give Us the Ballot"
Part of our LIVE coverage of the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books
James McBride on James Brown and American Soul
The legendary artist James Brown influenced pop culture like few ever have or will, yet the man himself remains shrouded in mystery, a shapeshifter who deliberately kept all but a select few at arm’s length. In "Kill ‘Em and Leave," National Book Award-winning author James McBride set out to discover what shaped the man who would eventually be known as “The Godfather of Soul.” On his journey through the south, McBride conducted interviews with the men and women closest to Brown – his trusted lawyers and accountants, former bandmates, his estranged ex-wife, and his greatest non-musical creation, the Reverend Al Sharpton. McBride takes to the stage to discuss this immensely misunderstood and complicated soul genius who was James Brown, and how his legacy helps us understand who we are as Americans today.
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."
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.
Lindy West & Hari Kondabolu | Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
Lindy West talks with Hari Kondabolu about her new book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman.
Lindy West’s writing at GQ, the Guardian, the New York Times and elsewhere has garnered her an audience eager to hear her thoughts on feminism, culture, and body image. Her outspoken commitment to social justice issues as the founder of the destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion have placed her at the forefront of conversations over sexuality and reproductive rights. Her fanbase extends to Lena Dunham, who called her “an essential voice for women,” and Caitlin Moran, who called her debut memoir, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman “a thrilling, kick-ass, joyous ROAR of a book.” She’ll be at Strand to discuss Shrill and everything else—don’t miss this chance to hear from a hilarious and heartfelt breakout voice.
Lindy is joined in conversation by friend and stand-up comic, Hari Kondabolu.
"A Shocking Threat to the World": Biographer Wayne Barrett on Donald Trump
http://democracynow.org - Wayne Barrett began covering Donald Trump in the late 1970s. He continues today even though he is largely homebound due to lung cancer. "He’s really not qualified to run the Trump Organization. He’s not fit to run the Trump Organization. So he’s certainly not fit to run America,” Barrett said. "I think he represents not just a danger to America, but because we are such an influence in the world, it’s really a shocking threat to the world. And so, you know, I’m in a sick bed a lot, but he gets me up out of it."
Terry McMIllan on Gutsy Women
Abbe Wright, Editor of Read It Forward sits down with Terry McMillan to discuss the power of gusty women.
Who are those with the passion and dedication to bring the festival to life? Check out the behind the scenes of PEN World Voices Festival!
Lilly Tuck | The Double Life of Liliane
The Strand hosted the Writers Studio in their celebration of the Kenyon Review. As part of the celebration, renowned authors and poets gathered in the Rare Book Room to read from their works.
Lily Tuck is the author of nine novels: “The Double Life of Liliane”, "I Married You For Happiness", "Interviewing Matisse or the Woman Who Died Standing Up", "The Woman Who Walked on Water", "Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man", and "The News from Paraguay". She has also authored two short story collections, "Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived" and "The House at Belle Fontaine", as well as a biography, "Woman of Rome: The Life of Elsa Morante".
Tuck joined the Writers Studio in celebrating the Kenyon Review by reading from "The Double Life of Liliane".
Mario Vargas Llosa: Living Legend Award Ceremony
Internationally known award-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa receives the 2016 Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress.
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.
The Girl on the Train - Official Trailer
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow and Laura Prepon star in DreamWorks Pictures’ The Girl on the Train, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods).
In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train is adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson and Taylor. The film’s executive producers are Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas, and it will be released by Universal Pictures.
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.
In Depth with Sebastian Junger
Author and documentary filmmaker, Sebastian Junger joined Book TV on Sunday, July 3rd to discuss all his books and take viewer calls, emails, tweets, and text.