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Alicia Suskin Ostriker at the NYS Writers Institute in 2015
Alicia Suskin Ostriker, author of fifteen poetry collections, is a two-time finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry for The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968–1998 (1999) and The Crack in Everything (1996). Ostriker is also the author of The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011 (2012) and the collection The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (2014).
Jeff Nunokawa & Rebecca Mead | Note Book
Princeton English professor Jeff Nunokawa is somewhat of an essayist phenomenon, having posted a few contemplative thoughts in the Notes section of his Facebook page every single morning since 2007. Join Strand and Jeff in an exclusive celebration of this truly unique distillation of the 250 best posts, titled Note Book!
In conversation with Jeff is Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch, who called Note Book “a strange and enduring wonder.”
Fracture: Joy-Ann Reid on Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide
In the new book, "Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide," MSNBC national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid looks at the history of race relations in the U.S. while tracing the political shifts in the Democratic Party through the relationship between the Clintons and Obama. "The fundamental question that the Democratic Party has faced over the last 50 years is what to do with Johnson’s legacy, whether to run away from it, which the party by and large did, really spearheaded by Bill Clinton, who really shifted the party to the right, as a corrective to what I think a lot of party leaders saw as the electoral consequences of embracing so much social change,” Reid said. Reid was the host of MSNBC’s "The Reid Report" and a press aide in the final stretch of Barack Obama’s Florida campaign in 2008.
2015 PEN Literary Gala
The PEN Literary Gala is a uniquely moving and exhilarating black-tie event featuring distinguished American and international writers. It provides crucial funding for PEN’s work to secure the liberty of imprisoned writers worldwide, defend freedom of expression, and promote international cultural exchange. The PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award is granted to an imprisoned writer of conscience in particularly dire circumstances, the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award is presented to a hero of freedom of expression online, and the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award honors a critically acclaimed writer whose work illuminates the human condition in original and powerful ways. This year’s recipient will be Tom Stoppard. The Publisher Honoree will be Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle.
Conferral of the 6th Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity
The 6th John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity was awarded to Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor at this ceremony. The Kluge Prize celebrates the importance of the study of humanity and recognizes individuals whose outstanding scholarship in the humanities and social sciences has shaped both public affairs and civil society.
Quraysh Ali Lansana: The Walmart Republic
Quraysh Ali Lansana stops by the Academy of American Poets to discuss his latest book of poems,
The Walmart Republic
, cowritten by Christopher Stewart.
Frédéric Lenoir & Alexandra Schwartz | Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
Philospher Frédéric Lenoir discusses happiness with The New Yorker's Alexandra Schwartz.
John Darnielle | Wolf In White Van
Celebrating the debut novel of the man behind the
, John Darnielle’s
Wolf In White Van!
He talks about the novel, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, and like his greatest songs, explores the inner life of a desperate character.
Greg Proops & John Fugelsang | The Smartest Book in the World
Greg Proops chats with John Fugelsang about his new book,
The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool
Joyce Carol Oates: Abnormal State of Writing
Joyce Carol Oates – one of the most accomplished living American authors – here shares her two very different approaches to writing and argues that writing is in fact “a somewhat abnormal state.”
Asian American Literature Today: AA Lettres Fellows
A panel discussion among writers Ocean Vuong, Cathy Linh Che and Eugenia Leigh on the state of Asian-American literature.
A Look Inside GILLIAMESQUE by Terry Gilliam
The screenwriter, innovative animator, highly acclaimed visionary film director, and only non-British member of Monty Python offers an intimate glimpse into his world in this fascinating memoir illustrated with hand-drawn sketches, notes, and memorabilia from his personal archive.
Marlon James Q&A on A Brief History of Seven Killings
Marlon James answers some questions about his Man Booker winning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Naomi Shihab Nye on What Inspires Her Poetry
At the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington D.C., Academy Chancellor Naomi Shihab Nye joined us for a conversation about poetry and the poet's role in American culture today.
Astra Taylor on Taking Back Power in the Age of Networks
The Internet is said to be a space of democratic expression and transformation, both culturally and politically. But how true is that claim? What are some of the economic, technical, and legal obstacles in place? Drawing from her recent book, "The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age," and her experience as an artist and an activist, Astra Taylor — filmmaker, writer, and political organizer — addresses campaigns by musicians against streaming services and debtors against creditors to reflect on the larger question of how to organize and leverage change in an age of virtual networks — be they networks of cultural distribution or financial ones.