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Edan Lepucki is a stunning new American novelist notable for her debut novel titled
, in which she imagines a frighteningly realistic near future in her provocative debut novel. The story follows Cal and Frida, who have left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation, and seeking solace in each other.
Kimiko Hahn: American Poets Reading
Kimiko Hahn reads from her book, BRAIN FEVER, at the reception celebrating the release of
(Vol. 47), the Academy's biannual journal.
Drama Panel at Penguin Random House Author Event for NYC Educators
Drama panel featuring authors Leigh Fondakowski (
The Laramie Project
), Ken Ludwig (
How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare
), Michael Sokolove (
), and moderated by Robin Miles.
Colm Tóibín belongs to the great tradition of Irish expatriates. In novels like
, the New York–based writer excavates the joys and sorrows of displacement, both physical and metaphorical. Tóibín discusses his latest work of fiction,
, which returns us to his homeland and the tumult of family. The director of the Guild Literary Complex, John Rich, joins Tóibín for a conversation.
Cornelius Eady, P.O.P
Shot and edited by poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths, P.O.P is a video series featuring contemporary American poets who read both an original poem and a poem by another poet, after which they reflect on their choice.
David Cay Johnston: Class War Is Being Waged by the Rich Against the Poor
Pulitzer Prize-winning tax reporter David Cay Johnston says there is indeed a class war going on in Washington — but by the rich against the poor. Johnston’s latest book is
Divided. The Perils of Our Growing Inequality
Francisco Goldman: 2014 National Book Festival
Francisco Goldman appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Timothy Williamson on
and conversation in philosophy
Timothy Williamson, Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford University, talks about his book
Tetralogue: I’m Right, You’re Wrong
, an entertaining and accessible excursion into philosophy following the fictional conversation between four people who meet on a train.
Faces in the Crowd
Called an "extraordinary new literary talent" by the Telegraph and "an exciting female voice" by the Guardian, Valeria Luiselli's new novel FACES IN THE CROWD and collection of essays SIDEWALKS are available for pre-order through Coffee House Press.
Patti Smith: "I don't like to be pigeonholed"
This year’s Chicago Tribune Literary Award pays tribute to Patti Smith, a galvanizing artistic force for four decades.
Shari Goldhagen & Michelle Herman |
In Some Other World, Maybe
One of the strong young voices in fiction, Shari Goldhagen, discusses her second novel,
In Some Other World, Maybe
. Shari’s first novel,
Family and Other Accidents
, was heralded as an attentive perspective at family ties. In her sophomore effort, Shari shifts focus to a group of teenagers whose lives intersect both in their youth and beyond.
Katha Pollitt at The NYS Writers Institute in 2015
Katha Pollitt, influential voice of American feminism and long-time columnist for
, is the author of the much-talked-about book,
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights
Wallace Shawn: Playwright
Provocative and intellectually demanding, the plays of Wallace Shawn are as multifaceted and enigmatic as the man himself, known to many from his roles as an actor ('My Dinner with Andre', 'Manhattan', 'The Princess Bride').
Goldie Blumenstyk on the rising cost of higher education
Goldie Blumenstyk, author of
American Higher Education in Crisis?: What Everyone Needs to Know
, discusses the actions taken by colleges to become more cost conscious, the focus on retention rates, and the effort to improve credit transfer policies.
David Shields and Caleb Powell at University Book Store
UW alum Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life. His former UW professor and bestselling novelist David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art. In their impassioned, funny, and probing new book,
I Think You Are Totally Wrong
, they recount the collision of their different lives and perspectives over the course of a weekend-long debate about meaning, value, and success in life and art.