Junot Díaz discusses his novel
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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Editor's Spotlight: Pamela Dorman
The first in a series of videos of Penguin editors book-buzzing their forthcoming titles from upcoming seasons.
Cris Beam & Adam Davidson
Cris Beam, noted author and public school teacher explores the troubled world of the foster care system in her new book,
To The End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
. Beam, a foster parent herself, examines the lives of children raised in the foster care system from birth through adulthood, while looking at the history of the foster care system and the often conflicted emotions surrounding it. She proposes new ways mend the system, and fresh perspectives at what it is we seek in "family."
To The End of June
has been called "sharp critique of foster-care policies and a searching exploration of the meaning of family."
Joining Cris is Adam Davidson, co-founder and co-host of NPR's Planet Money, a co-production of This American Life. Before Planet Money, Adam was the International Business and Economics Correspondent for NPR.
Fellowship of Southern Writers Celebration
This event highlights distinguished literary writers and writing from the South, hosted by Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry (and Mississippi Poet Laureate) Natasha Trethewey. Readers included Madison Smart Bell, Edward P. Jones, Jill McCorkle, Ron Rash and Charles Wright.
Goodreads: Red Wing (Official Trailer 2013)
Add the book to your shelf on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/224512.The_Country_Waif
(2013) Final Trailer. Starring Bill Paxton, Frances Fisher, Luke Perry and Breann Johnson. Based on the French novella by George Sand,
Francois le Champi
James Franco & Frank Bidart
Join us for a special conversation between Academy Award Nominated Actor James Franco and legendary poet and academic Frank Bidart.
James Franco plays with the concept of memoir in his new book A California Childhood, through personal snapshots, sketches, paintings, poems, and stories. An actor treads the line between reality and fiction every time he plays a part, and for James Franco, that exploration isn't limited to the screen. He's also a visual artist with several exhibitions under his belt as well as the author of the widely praised story collection Palo Alto.
Aside from the achievement of his many collections, Frank Bidart's 2002 chapbook, Music Like Dirt, is the only chapbook to ever be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. James and Frank will be speaking on memoir, California, and their own approaches to their written and visual creative endeavors. James and Frank will also be discussing James' chapbook of poems, The Strongest of the Litter.
How Ayn Rand Became a Hero to Right Wing Nerds
Michael Lind, New America Foundation joins Thom Hartmann. Ask any Republican Congressman who their favorite philosopher is - and they're more often than not going to say "Ayn Rand." But believe it or not - the GOP hasn't always been so fond of Objectivism or its founder. So what's changed in the past decade to make Ayn Rand the thinker of choice for the American right?
What Conspiracy Theories Say About Us: Jesse Walker
"Political paranoia, and conspiracy theories in particular, have been a part of the United States since before there was a United States," explains
books editor Jesse Walker, author of the new book
The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory
. "Even when a conspiracy theory says absolutely nothing true about the object of the theory, if it catches on it says something true about the anxieties and the experiences about the people who believe it."
Rejecting the assumption that these beliefs are the purview of outsiders on the fringes of society, Walker details how even those at the very heart of American power — from John Quincy Adams' fear of Freemasons to LBJ's insistence that communists were stoking race riots — have held these views.
ReasonTV's Nick Gillespie sat down with Walker to discuss his book, the deep history of conspiracy theories in America, and how he became fascinated with the topic.
My Mother's Wars
http://lareviewofbooks.org/ talks with Lillian Faderman about her new book
My Mother's Wars
. Filmed at the LA Times Festival of Books at USC on April 12, 2013.
BEA 2013: Keynote: Shaping The Future of the Book
The publishing industry is undergoing more change now than at any time in its history. Booksellers, publishers and others aligned with the book industry are seeking new ways to engage readers, build communities and encourage reading at every age! Fostering the importance of reading in young children and offering new books and authors throughout their life is a goal for all members of the industry. Although, there has been an industry shift from print to digital - altering how we acquire, develop, distribute, sell, loan and read books affects every piece of the value chain from Author to reader — it is still all about reading! Ingram Content Group Chief Executive Officer John Ingram will moderate a panel of thought leaders who are turning the traditional way of publishing and bookselling on its head and helping shape the future of the book through innovation, new business models, and determination. Join in the discussion focusing on the most important issue in our industry — reading!
Elmore Leonard with S. J. Rozan: Crime Fiction
Crime novelist Elmore Leonard talks with mystery writer S. J. Rozan about his 34th novel, Cuba Libre, the movie adaptations of his stories (Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, Out of Sight), his writing process and more.
"In 34 books," he said, "I've never shot anyone in the shoulder, and that's the way they're always shot in movies... I shoot 'em in the butt, or the leg."
Sofia Hedstrom, Anna Schori, Gill Linton & Timo Rissanen talk fashion
Are you a fashion aficionado? In need of a style makeover? Dressing on a budget? Sofia Hedstrom and Anna Schori talk about their new book, Fashion Manifesto: The Guide for the Style Savvy, with friends Gill Linton & Timo Rissanen. They tell the story of the "wardrobe detox"— a year of fashion without cloths-buying - and give new tips on how to rediscover your style and stay fashion-frugal! Whether you're regularly fashion-conscious or feel that you need a style boost but don't know where to start, Sofia and Anna will show you how to reclaim your innate style as they share their story and ideas.
Joining Anna and Sofi are Gill Linton & Timo Rissanen. Timo Rissanen is the Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design. Gill Linton, is the founder and CEO of Byronesque, an editorial and e-commerce website completely dedicated to vintage fashion culture.
Biographer, J. Michael Lennon, exposes the double life of Norman Mailer
Learn more about Norman Mailer: A Double Life at http://books.simonandschuster.com/Norman-Mailer-A-Double-Life/J-Michael-Lennon/9781439150191 Norman Mailer was one of the most celebrated public figures of his time. Lennon explains he was a novelist, journalist, biographer, and filmmaker; a provocateur and passionate observer of his times; and a husband, father, and serial philanderer.
Elizabeth Bishop: Selected Poems | 92Y Readings
Read more about this recording from Colm Tóibín, part of 92Y Poetry's 75 at 75: Writers on Recordings: http://92yondemand.org/75-at-75-colm-toibin-on-elizabeth-bishop/
A special project for our anniversary season, "75 at 75" invites authors to listen to a recording from our vast archive and write a personal response. In most instances, these recordings are being made available to the general public for the very first time. Colm Tóibín on Elizabeth Bishop, Brian Boyd on Vladimir Nabokov, Rick Moody on W. G. Sebald, A. L. Kennedy on E. E. Cummings, Richard Ford on Eudora Welty, Cynthia Ozick on W. H. Auden, Donna Tartt on Carson McCullers, Maxine Hong Kingston on Grace Paley, Helen Vendler on Wallace Stevens, Yiyun Li on William Trevor and Tom Stoppard on Harold Pinter—these are just some of the exciting pairs of recording-responses coming to Poetry Center Online in the next year.
BEA 2013: Editors Buzz Panel
Book Expo America proudly presents BEA Editor's Buzz 2013 and shows off the books that readers and media will be buzzing about!!! Join this thrilling session and hear editors share their excitement and passion for six of the Fall's biggest potential breakout releases! We are excited to announce this year's buzz selection: Deanne Urmy, Senior Executive Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with Wendy Lower's HITLER'S FURIES: GERMAN WOMEN IN THE NAZI KILLING FIELDS; Liese Mayer, Associate Editor/Subsidiary Rights and Contracts Manager with Eric Lundgren's THE FACADES; Anna deVries, Senior Editor, Macmillan with Amy Grace Loyd's THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS: A NOVEL; Venessa Mobley, Executive Editor, Crown with Sheri Fink's FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL: LIFE AND DEATH IN A STORM-RAVAGED HOSPITAL; Whitney Frick, Editor, Simon & Schuster with Katy Butler's KNOCKING ON HEAVENS DOOR: THE PATH TO A BETTER WAY OF DEATH; Lee Boudreaux, Editorial Director, HaperCollins with Jennifer Senior's ALL JOY AND NO FUN: THE PARADOX OF MODERN PARENTHOOD.
Jennifer Egan | LIVE from the NYPL
Jennifer Egan's spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other's pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa.