Lydia Davis reads from her
The comic Lydia Davis proves that less is more, reciting multiple stories in just over two minutes.
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Brooklyn by the Book: Paul Harding in conversation with Michele Filgate
Paul Harding, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of
, reads from his new novel,
, a story about the consequences of loss and personal tragedy in a small New England town. In conversation with writer and Community Bookstore bookseller Michele Filgate.
Wiley Exchanges interviews Amanda Rust
Humanities is an area ripe for exploiting big data, enabling scholars to analyze topics more broadly and deeply than ever before - whether in the form of books, artworks, music, or any other digitizable format. In this video, Amanda Rust, Assistant Head of Research & Instruction, Arts & Humanities at the Snell Library of Northeastern University, Boston, MA tells Wiley Exchanges (http://exchanges.wiley.com/blog) about her experience of and visions for the use of big data in the humanities.
Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force (Trethewey)
Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Natasha Trethewey delivers her final lecture, "Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force," closing the spring literary season at the Library of Congress.
Speaker Biography: Natasha Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on April 26, 1966. She is the author of four poetry collections and a book of creative non-fiction. Her honors include the Pulitzer Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012, she was appointed the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi.
Benjamin Barber: Why mayors should rule the world
It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world's problems. So who's actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let's give them more control over global policy. Barber shows how these "urban homeboys" are solving pressing problems on their own turf — and maybe in the world.
Jhumpa Lahiri discusses her Man Booker shortlisted novel
From Subhash's earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his older brother's sight.
So close in age, they were inseparable in childhood and yet, as the years pass — as U.S tanks roll into Vietnam and riots sweep across India — their brotherly bond can do nothing to forestall the tragedy that will upend their lives. Udayan — charismatic and impulsive — finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty. He will give everything, risk all, for what he believes, and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him: his newly married, pregnant wife, his brother and their parents. For all of them, the repercussions of his actions will reverberate across continents and seep through the generations that follow.
Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portrayal of lives undone and forged anew,
is a deeply felt novel of family ties that entangle and fray in ways unforeseen and unrevealed, of ties that ineluctably define who we are. With all the hallmarks of Jhumpa Lahiri's achingly poignant, exquisitely empathetic story-telling, this is her most devastating work of fiction to date.
Linda Ronstadt Talks About Her Career and New Memoir
Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir
by Linda Ronstadt
Antiepithalamia: And Other Poems of Regret & Resentment
The poetry and sardonic wit of John Tottenham.
Poems read from his collection
Antiepithalamia: And Other Poems of Regret & Resentment
Claire of the Sea Light
by Edwidge Danticat book trailer
From the best-selling author of
Brother, I'm Dying
The Dew Breaker
: a stunning new work of fiction that brings us deep into the intertwined lives of a small seaside town where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing.
Alissa Quart & Susan Cain discuss
Republic of Outsiders
Alissa Quart, author of
Hot House Kids
, is back with a new and insightful look at America's emerging subcultures. Now Quart, who
author Susan Cain has called, "one of the smartest cultural interpreters of her generation" is back with
Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers, and Rebels
. Tracing the increasing impact of marginal culture on America's pop mainstream—from slow food, to Indie-rock, to gender-fluid activism—Quart shows the power and promise that outsiders bring to our increasingly interconnected world. She traces the stories of specific individuals and shows the enormous impact they have through what she calls " identity innovation," proving in the process that being "weird" can be a source of strength. Join us for an evening for exciting discussion about the changes taking place in our culture today!
Susan Cain joins Alissa Quart, for this very special conversation in our rare book room.
Margaret Atwood on writing and tweeting
The author discusses her latest book
, ancient humans in Australia and the joys of Twitter.
Benita Eisler & Sanford Schwartz discuss George Catlin
Benita Eisler Talks on the Iconic Artist George Catlin, The Man Who Created Our Image of the American West, with Sanford Schwartz .
In her new book,
The Red Man's Bones
, renowned biographer Benita Eisler has lifted the veil on Catlin's story. From his days among the Indians of Missouri River Valley to his troubled life in Europe and obscure end as a traveling showman, Eisler shows Catlin, and his subjects, as complex, fascinating and deeply human. Come and hear Benita Eisler chat with Sanford Schwartz about the strange and exciting life of the man who created the modern image of the American West.
George Catlin's 19th century portraits of the Plains Indians are among the most recognizable images in traditional American art. Yet the world Catlin depicted was rapidly changing, even as he was helping to preserve it as an icon of the American West. What was the larger story behind this classic American artist and the people and cultures he helped to show to the world?
Nigerian Writer A. Igoni Barrett
Nigerian writer A. Igoni Barrett reads from his work and discusses the state of contemporary African literature.
Margaret Atwood and Carl Hiaasen | LIVE from the NYPL
To open the Fall 2013 season, Margaret Atwood, author of the
Oryx and Crake
trilogy, will be joined in conversation by novelist and columnist Carl Hiaasen, whose most recent work is the bestselling
continues the dystopian themes that characterize both
The Year of the Flood
, in which Atwood creates a compelling fictional reality that forces her readers to reflect on the current issues of their own. In conversation with journalist and author Carl Hiaasen, Atwood will reflect upon the dystopian themes running through her recent work and look back on her remarkable career.
Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. She is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry, children's literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include
The Edible Woman
The Handmaid's Tale
The Robber Bride
The Blind Assassin
, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel,
Oryx and Crake
, was published in 2003.
(short stories) both appeared in 2006.
Her most recent volume of poetry,
, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book,
Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth
, part of the Massey Lecture series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel,
The Year of the Flood
, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long PenTM.
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of twelve previous novels, including the best-selling
, and four best-selling children's books,
. His most recent work of nonfiction is
The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport
. He also writes a weekly column for
The Miami Herald
Hannu Rajaniemi: "The Future of the Book", Talks at Google
What defines a book? The content, the author, or the experience of reading it? What could books become?
Hannu Rajaniemi, author of science fiction novels
The Quantum Thief
The Fractal Prince
, argues that the books of the future will read us.
Rajaniemi is the co-creator of Neurofiction, a platform for creating fiction that changes in response to the emotional state of the reader. Neurofiction is powered by open souce software: https://github.com/fommil/neurofiction
Pico Iyer | LIVE from the NYPL
In conversation with Paul Holdengräber, Pico Iyer will unravel the mysterious communion he has always had with Graham Greene, illuminated now in
The Man Within My Head
. Iyer, at home nowhere, will examine the nature of his elective affinities with Greene—their shared restlessness and refusal to make a home in any faith, country or category.
Pico Iyer is the author of two novels and eight works of non-fiction, including
Video Night in Kathmandu
The Lady and the Monk
The Global Soul
The Open Road
. He writes frequently for
The New York Review of Books
The New York Times
and many other publications; his most recent articles have discussed the workers of the Fukushima nuclear plant, the power of stillness and the fiction of Somalia.