David Markson reads at the 92nd Street Y in 2007.
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Sasha Abramsky & Robin Blackburn | The House of Twenty Thousand Books
After chronicling The American Way of Poverty and writing on politics at home and abroad for the New Yorker, Atlantic, Village Voice, and many others, Sasha Abramsky turns his keen eye on his own grandfather in The House of Twenty Thousand Books. A Jewish historian, a socialist, a collector (hence the pentadactylic hoard of the title), Chimen Abramsky’s long life in the short twentieth century (and into the twenty-first) is vividly chronicled and analyzed by Sasha in this tale of a lost leftist.
Sasha is joined in conversation by Robin Blackburn, former editor of the New Left Review and professor at the New School and the University of Essex.
Sabaa Tahir: 2015 National Book Festival
Sabaa Tahir discusses "An Ember in the Ashes" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Best-selling author Sabaa Tahir spent her childhood reading and listening to the radio in the Mojave Desert and dreaming of growing up as a pirate or bear. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, she became an editor for the Washington Post. Her wildly popular debut novel, “An Ember in the Ashes," is set in a fantasy world with hints of ancient Rome and tells the story of Laia, a slave fighting for her family, and Elias, a young soldier fighting for his freedom. A highly anticipated sequel is scheduled for release in 2016. Besides writing, Tahir has a passion for music, especially indie rock, and frequently puts together playlists. She loves all of her characters, even the bad ones.
Great Minds: Greg Grandin - Kissinger continues to fascinate and appall
Conversations w/Great Minds: Greg Grandin, Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman/History Department-NY University joins Thom. Besides Richard Nixon - the president he served as both National Security Advisor and Secretary of State - there is probably no more controversial modern American political figure than Henry Kissinger. Reviled on the left and admired by many on the right - his legacy is to this day the subject of fierce debate. But whether you love him or hate him - there's one thing most people agree about when it comes to Henry Kissinger - that he's the ultimate cold and calculating statesman - a man of realpolitik. That’s the stereotype - at least.
Liz Goldwyn & Sadie Stein | Sporting Guide: Los Angeles, 1897
Best-selling author, filmmaker, fashion editor and artist Liz Goldwyn supports her story collection, Sporting Guide: Los Angeles, 1897—a historical fiction inspired by the 1890s Los Angeles demimonde, where real consumer guides were printed (think Zagat and Yelp!) for making acquaintance with ladies of the night.
Liz is by the Paris Review’s Sadie Stein.
Pete Hamill with Jonathan Schwartz
On the eve of the anniversary of Sinatra’s 100th birthday (Dec 12) and with a new look and introduction Pete Hamill evokes the essence of Sinatra in Why Sinatra Matters examining his art and legend from the inside, as only a friend of many years could do.
Shaped by Prohibition, the Depression and war, Francis Albert Sinatra became the troubadour of the 20th Century enabling millions of others to tell their own stories through his songs. Hamill enlightens us about this enormously talented and often controversial figure who was a man of his time. Writer and Radio host Jonathan Schwartz who for decades has been radio’s foremost explicator of Frank Sinatra and was acknowledged by Sinatra himself to be his best-informed fan, joins him in conversation.
Literary Swag Book Club | Between the World and Me
The LiterarySwag Book Club is a monthly meeting of interested people who want to have honest conversations about really good books. It will be held once a month in the Rare Book Room and will be moderated by Yahdon Israel, founder of the LiterarySwag movement. LiterarySwag's mission is to create a culture that simultaneously celebrates literature and style by fostering a community, connecting book and fashion lovers to each other in ways that weren’t previously possible.
The inaugural book club meeting begins with a conversation on Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me.
Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty with Alan Light
The creative force behind American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty wrote, sang and produced their instantly recognizable classics “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Born in the Bayou” and more.
Join him as he discusses his new memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, and hear about his epic journey from his Northern California roots, CCR’s incredible success in the ’60s and ’70s, his retreat from music and public life to his hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally found love.
The Civic Responsibility of the Poet in America Today
At the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington D.C., Academy Chancellors Jane Hirshfield, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Naomi Shihab Nye joined us for a conversation about poetry and the poet's role in American culture today.
Jena Lee Nardella at University Book Store - Seattle
Ten years ago, Jena Lee Nardella, a fresh-out-of-college twenty-something, decided she wanted to save the world. Since joining with the band Jars of Clay to found the nonprofit Blood:Water, Nardella has helped provide clean water for more than one million people in Africa, healthcare for over 62,00 people in HIV affected areas, and more. In her new memoir, Nardella shares her journey over the last ten years, offering a fresh, honest, and intelligent perspective of what it looks like to continue to fight for your dreams and love the world even amidst harsh realities, brokenness, and corruption.
Kluge Center Panel: 2015 National Book Festival
Manuel Castells, Morton Kondracke & Julia G. Young discuss their work on a panel celebrating the 15th anniversary of the John W. Kluge Center at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Jane Smiley: 2015 National Book Festival
Jane Smiley and NPR's Lynn Neary discuss "Some Luck" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley has written many critically acclaimed and popular novels, including "The Greenlanders," "Ordinary Love and Good Will," "A Thousand Acres," "Horse Heaven," "Good Faith," "The Georges and the Jewels" and her latest book, "Some Luck." She has also written for the New Yorker, Horseman, Harper's, The Nation and other publications. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2006 she received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. Smiley was a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1978 and 1987.
Paul Halpern: 2015 National Book Festival
Paul Halpern discusses "Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Paul Halpern is a prolific author and a professor of physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He has written numerous articles and more than a dozen books on science with interests ranging from space, time and higher dimensions to the cultural aspects of science. He has appeared on various television and radio programs for the History Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS and NPR and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship and an Athenaeum Literary Award. His popular books include “Countdown to Apocalypse,” “The Quest for Alien Planets,” “The Cyclical Serpent,” “The Structure of the Universe,” “Cosmic Wormholes,” “Time Journeys,” “Faraway Worlds,” “The Great Beyond,” “Brave New Universe,” “What's Science Ever Done for Us?,” “Collider,” “What's the Matter with Pluto?” and “Edge of the Universe.” His most recent book is “Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics."
Lori Kenschaft: "Gender Inequality" | Talks at Google
Lori Kenschaft visited Google's office in Cambridge, MA to discuss the book she co-authored, ""Gender Inequality in Our Changing World: A Comparative Approach".
The book focuses on the contemporary U.S. while placing it in international and historical context and emphasizing the theme of change. It deals with the questions such as: Where does gender inequality come from? How has it changed, both in the U.S. and globally? What makes it change? How is it related to other forms of inequality? Where might it be headed in the future?
Lori Kenschaft has taught American history and gender studies at Boston University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gender Inequality in Our Changing World, co-authored with two sociologists, is her third book.
Stephen L. Carter: 2015 National Book Festival
Stephen L. Carter discusses "Back Channel" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, where he has taught for almost 30 years. He is the author of seven acclaimed works of nonfiction and three best-selling novels. He has a law degree from Yale and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Carter's first novel, "The Emperor of Ocean Park," spent 11 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list in 2002. His latest novel is "Back Channel," a suspenseful reimagining of the events that became the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The Way We Think about Work Is Broken | Barry Schwartz
What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel.