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Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps
A discussion on the representations of sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps.
Speaker Biography: Chet Van Duzer, a fellow at the John Carter Brown Library, is an independent scholar focusing on the history of cartography and historical geography, and his articles have appeared in
. His monograph on Johann Schoner's terrestrial globe of 1515 was recently published by the American Philosophical Society, and he has a book about sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps.
Paul Auster and Isaac Gewirtz on Poe | LIVE from the NYPL
Paul Auster and Isaac Gewirtz on Poe | LIVE from the NYPL.
Jorie Graham: Selected Poems | 92Y Readings
Jorie Graham reads work that spans her career.
Interview with Clarice Lispector - São Paulo, 1977 (English subtitles)
This interview of Clarice Lispector from February 1977 is the only footage we have of her.
She had arrived at the studios of TV Cultura in São Paolo to participate in a program about film, when the director of the station took the opportunity to ask her for a personal interview. To the astonishment of all present, she accepted. The result is this haunting film of the great writer at the end of her life, looking back on her novels and offering a glimpse at the inner life that produced such astounding works.
Live Hangout On Air with Alice Munro in Conversation with Margaret Atwood
In its enormously popular Selected Shorts live series, +Symphony Space together with +Vintage Books & Anchor Books will be honoring 2013 Nobel Prize laureate in Literature Alice Munro on Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 PM EST
Around 7:45, Alice Munro will make a rare live appearance via Google+ Hangout, for you and the world to see! She will be in conversation with acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood.
For Your Reading Pleasure: Read the entirety of Munro's short story
How I Met My Husband
, to be referenced tonight by Margaret Atwood, here on Scribd: http://bit.ly/LGqbbN
You'll definitely want to confirm your attendance below!
Alice Munro has published thirteen collections of stories as well as a novel,
Lives of Girls and Women
, and two volumes of
. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three of Canada's Governor General's Literary Awards and two of its Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England's W. H. Smith Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. In 2013 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her stories have appeared in
The New Yorker
The Atlantic Monthly
The Paris Review
, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in Canada.
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to
The Handmaid's Tale
, her novels include
, short-listed for the Booker Prize;
, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy;
The Blind Assassin
, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize;
Oryx and Crake
, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize;
The Year of the Flood
; and her most recent,
. She is the recipient of the
Los Angeles Times
Innovator's Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.
One More Thing
by B.J. Novak
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
(On-sale by Knopf 2/4/14) is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction.
A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover that claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down.
Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake,
One More Thing
has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element just that might make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.
B.J. Novak is a writer and actor best known for his work on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy series "The Office" as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his stand up comedy performances and his roles in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" and Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks". He is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature.
Author Talk: Edwidge Dandicat and Michèle Voltaire Marcelin reads from Haiti Noir 2
Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including
Breath, Eyes, Memory
, a National Book Award finalist;
The Farming of Bones
, an American Book Award winner; and
The Dew Breaker
, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the first Story Prize.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
S. Stevan Dweck Center
Bolivar: American Liberator
Author and journalist Marie Arana discusses the adventurous and volatile life of Simon Bolivar, who famously liberated much of Latin America from Spain.
Speaker Biography: Marie Arana is an author, editor, journalist, and member of the Scholars Council at the Library of Congress. She was born in Peru, the daughter of Jorge Arana, a Peruvian born civil engineer, and Marie Campbell Arana, she moved with her family to the United States at the age of 9, achieved her B.A. in Russian at Northwestern University, her M.A. in linguistics at Hong Kong University, a certificate of scholarship at Yale University in China, and began her career in book publishing, where she was vice president and senior editor at Harcourt Brace and Simon & Schuster.
Alan Rusbridger | LIVE from the NYPL
Recorded on September 25th, 2013 at the New York Public Library
Presented by Morgan Stanley
For the full 90min recording of this event visit: http://goo.gl/nRYvK1
For more information on LIVE from the NYPL visit: www.nypl.org/live
Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of the
, will discuss his quest to learn Chopin's Ballade No. 1 during a year bookended by Wikileaks and the
News of the World
phone-hacking scandal. He will also describe the
's recent publication of Edward Snowden's NSA leaks.
As a boy, he was a cathedral chorister, a reasonable orchestral clarinetist and a very mediocre pianist. He failed to be a world-class conductor, abandoned the organ and put his clarinets in the attic. In his mid 40s he restarted piano lessons and tried to make up for more than 30 years of missing technique. Since then, he has moved from 'very mediocre' to 'mediocre'. In the summer of 2010, he was able to make his annual escape to 'piano camp'. Here, inspired by another amateur's rendition, he set himself an almost impossible task: to learn, in the space of a year, Chopin's Ballade No.1, arguably the most challenging one-movement piece ever composed, with passages that demand outstanding feats of dexterity, control, memory and power. Not to mention musicianship.
Play It Again
is Alan Rusbridger's account of an extraordinary challenge and an extraordinary year.
Alan Rusbridger is Editor-in-Chief of the
and a keen amateur musician. After reading English at Cambridge he started on a local newspaper and tried his hand at a range of journalistic jobs — including reporter, columnist, critic, foreign correspondent, magazine editor and features editor. He became editor of the
in 1995 and oversaw the integration of the paper and digital operations. During his time editing the Guardian the paper has won numerous awards and has grown to be the third largest English-speaking newspaper website in the world. He led the paper's coverage of the secret WikiLeaks cables and the
's campaign to get at the truth about phone hacking, which led to numerous resignations, the closure of the
News of the World
and the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the British press. The
has recently broken world exclusive stories by publishing NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Rusbridger was awarded the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism by Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Centre and received the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Find out more about Alan and the Ballade at www.alanrusbridger.com
Daggers Drawn: 35 years of Kal Cartoons in the Economist
For over 3 decade's Kevin Kal Kallaugher has entertained and enraged a global audience with his sharp cartoons and witty covers for
magazine and the
. In his illustrated presentation, Kal will share some of his award-winning works from his portfolio of more than 8000 cartoons and 140 covers plus share stories and anecdotes of the challenges facing a contemporary cartoonist. As an added bonus, Kal will sketch some of his favorite politicians and culminate with an audience lesson on how to draw Barack Obama.
W. S. Merwin, accomplished poet, and his full interview with 92nd Street Y
Watch this exclusive interview of W. S. Merwin only at 92nd Street Y as he discusses his life and inspiration for his poetry.
Lee Billings and Caleb Scharf
Science writers Lee Billings and Caleb Scharf discuss the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe.
The age-old question of whether we're alone in the universe - or if other life forms thrive among the stars - gets a brand new examination from science writer Lee Billings through his book,
Five Billion Years of Solitude
. In this critically-acclaimed volume, Lee charts the history of man's quest to determine what other Earth-like planets may exist in the universe.
Joining Lee for the evening will be Caleb Scharf, director of the Columbia Astrobiology Center at Columbia University. Caleb is the author of
Gravity's Engines: The Other Side of Black Holes
, and is the winner of the 2011 Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award as well as a medal from the American Astronomical Society. His blog on Scientific American is called Life, Unbound.
On Chekhov, Moscow and dogs in
Poet and translator Sasha Dugdale discusses the glamorous and tawdry representation of Moscow in Russian short stories. She describes the use of dogs by many writers in the collection
Business books quarterly: Corporate culture
Is corporate culture really more important than strategy? Our correspondents discuss a new book on an important but amorphous idea. For more video content from
visit our website: http://econ.st/1dIAlVE
7 Amazing Authors at 92Y (92nd Street Y - Highlights)
These are some of the fantastic writers, authors, and thinkers that the 92Y have ever showcased. This amazing list includes children's book writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, Irish Fiction writer Colum McCann, American writer Gary Shteyngart, English novelist and screenwriter Ian McEwan, British Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie, and novelist Jamaica Kincaid.
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Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan