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Gerald Horne, "Confronting Black Jacobins"
History Professor Gerald Horne discusses his book "Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic."
Laura van den Berg | The Other Daughter
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.
Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned an MFA from Emerson College. Her first collection of stories, "What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us", was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her novel "Find Me" was longlisted for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas prize. Her stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, O'Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and volume 24 of the Pushcart Prize. She is a recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Ragdale, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Van den Berg joined the Writers Studio in celebrating the Kenyon Review by reading from her short story "The Other Daughter", published in the July/Aug 2015 volume of the Kenyon Review.
A.O. Scott: "Better Living Through Criticism" | Talks at Google
Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life. With penetrating insight and warm humor, Scott shows that while individual critics—himself included—can make mistakes and find flaws where they shouldn't, criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest, most creative, and urgent activities of modern existence.
Using his own film criticism as a starting point—everything from his infamous dismissal of the international blockbuster The Avengers to his intense affection for Pixar's animated Ratatouille—Scott expands outward, easily guiding readers through the complexities of Rilke and Shelley, the origins of Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones, the power of Marina Abramovich and 'Ode on a Grecian Urn.' Drawing on the long tradition of criticism from Aristotle to Susan Sontag, Scott shows that real criticism was and always will be the breath of fresh air that allows true creativity to thrive. "The time for criticism is always now," Scott explains, "because the imperative to think clearly, to insist on the necessary balance of reason and passion, never goes away."
Joanne Bamberger, "Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox"
Joanne C. Bamberger moderates a panel discussion with several contributors to her book, "Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox," which looks at America's relationship with Hillary Clinton and her bid to become the first woman president.
Gillian Thomas, "Because of Sex"
American Civil Liberties Union attorney Gillian Thomas talks about gender discrimination and the law that made it illegal in her book, "Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women's Lives at Work." She profiles several cases that utilized the law to challenge workplace discrimination.
Citizen University: Eric Liu
Eric Liu wants us to find our civic voice, and he’s pushing us to look beyond the ballot box. The founder and CEO of Citizen University, an organization dedicated to fostering a stronger culture of citizenship, Liu explores the broad field of civic participation – politics, business, arts and culture, technology, and beyond. Liu has explored transcultural experience as a first-generation American in "A Chinaman’s Chance" and "The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker." He is a veteran of the Clinton White House, a regular contributor to CNN, and a prominent voice in contemporary debates about how America can reimagine its civic ideals.
In "Radical" New Book, StoryCorps Honors the Voices of Unsung U.S. Workers
In a Democracy Now! special, we spend the hour with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, discussing his new book, "Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work." Over the last 12 years, StoryCorps has gathered the largest single collection of human voices. In 2003, the first StoryCorps recording booth opened in New York City’s Grand Central Station. Since then, a quarter of a million of people have recorded interviews with their loved ones through StoryCorps. The new book is a remarkable collection of stories from the heart of the American workforce: teachers, social workers, public defenders, deli workers, plant supervisors and beyond. They include stories by dreamers, healers, philosophers and groundbreakers. "This is kind of a radical book," Isay says. "There’s no billionaires, there’s no millionaires, there’s no celebrities, there’s no professional athletes, but to me these are really the stories of work that matter."
Loft Mentor Series: Sagirah Shahid
On April 28, 2016 the Loft Mentor Series continued with participants Kasey Payette and Sagirah Shahid with mentor Cristina Henriquez. Here, Sagirah Shahid reads.
Geraldine Brooks | Oct 16, 2015 | Appel Salon
The Pulitzer Prize winner on the trials and triumphs of King David in The Secret Chord. With Toronto Life's Sarah Fulford.
NBCC Readings 2016
Video by Kevin Kino
In order of appearance:
John Leonard Prize
Kirstin Valdez Quade, Night at the Fiestas (W.W. Norton & Company)
Ross Gay, Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Terrance Hayes, How to Be Drawn (Penguin)
Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions)
Frank Stanford, What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford (Copper Canyon Press); read by editor Michael Wiegers
Leo Damrosch, Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake (Yale University Press)
Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts (Graywolf)
Terry Alford, Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth (Oxford University Press)
Charlotte Gordon, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley (Random House)
T.J. Stiles, Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America (Alfred A. Knopf)
Rosemary Sullivan, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (Harper)
Karin Wieland, Dietrich and Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives (Liveright); read by Shelley Frisch, translator
Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World (Grand Central Publishing)
Vivian Gornick, The Odd Woman and the City (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
George Hodgman, Bettyville (Viking)
Margo Jefferson, Negroland (Pantheon)
Ari Berman, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Jill Leovy, Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America (Spiegel & Grau)
Brian Seibert, What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Paul Beatty, The Sellout (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies (Riverhead)
Valeria Luiselli, The Story of My Teeth, translated by Christina MacSweeney (Coffee House Press)
Anthony Marra, The Tsar of Love and Techno (Hogarth)
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen (Penguin Press)
Michael Cunningham and Ilya Danishevsky: A Literary Discussion (Part 1)
Michael Cunningham and Ilya Danishevsky discuss homosexuality, media, literature, books, public opinion, censorship and the violence of everyday life in Russia.
Wayne Pacelle introduces The Humane Economy at University Book Store
Beyond just avoiding products tested on animals and not wearing fur, in today's modern economy, more and more of the decisions we make—in business and in daily life—can make a difference in the fight against animal exploitation. In his new book, Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society, offers a fascinating look at the economic revolution going on as increasingly diverse fields of business are beginning to pay serious attention to animal welfare. To learn more about the changes that are already transforming our economy and how we can each make an impact on animal welfare—from supporting local farming to become aware of products that compromise wild animal habitats—watch this video and pick up a copy of Wayne's book at University Book Store.
Daniel Clowes | Feb 29, 2016 | Appel Salon
The Academy Award nominated creator of Eightball, Ghost World and Wilson, Daniel Clowes, on his new graphic novel, Patience. With Canadian cartoonist Seth.
Carrie Brownstein, "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl"
Carrie Brownstein, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl”
Poet and Author Randall Horton On His Life, Teaching
Randall Horton, author of the poetry collections Pitch Dark Anarchy (2013) and The Definition of Place (2006), is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the Bea González Poetry Prize. His memoir, Hook (2015), explores his downward spiral from student to drug addict, cocaine smuggler, and incarcerated felon. Upon release from prison Horton earned a Ph.D. in English at UAlbany.