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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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.
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.
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
Barry Miles and John Tytell discuss William S. Burroughs
Acclaimed biographer Barry Miles discusses his new work,
Call Me Burroughs
, with John Tytell.
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.
The Sixth Extinction
: Elizabeth Kolbert
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
, journalist Elizabeth Kolbert visits four continents to document the massive "die-offs" that came millions of years ago and those now unfolding before our eyes.
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.
Jorie Graham: Selected Poems | 92Y Readings
Jorie Graham reads work that spans her career.
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
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
A conversation with novelist and scholar Amadou Koné of Côte d'Ivoire.
Speaker Biography: Amadou Koné is a professor in the Department of French at Georgetown University. Koné's field of research and teaching extends from the oral literature of Africa to its modern written literature, and he has won international recognition as an author, essayist and playwright.
Paul Auster and Isaac Gewirtz on Poe | LIVE from the NYPL
Paul Auster and Isaac Gewirtz on Poe | LIVE from the NYPL.
Joyce Carol Oates discusses
with Isaac Fitzgerald
Acclaimed novelist Joyce Carol Oates talks with BuzzFeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald about her new novel
Rebecca Mead | LIVE from the NYPL
Rebecca Mead | LIVE from the NYPL
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.