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Kevin Young: 2015 National Book Festival
Kevin Young discusses "Book of Hours" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Kevin Young is the author of several poetry collections including his latest, "Book of Hours." His first book, "Most Way Home," was selected for the National Poetry Series by Lucille Clifton and later won the Zacharis First Book Prize from Ploughshares. He is also the recipient of the Paterson Poetry Prize for "Jelly Roll," which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His nonfiction collection of essays "The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness" won the Greywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Young's poetry and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Kenyon Review, Callaloo and many other journals. He is also the editor of several collections, including the anthology "Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers" and the Everyman's Library Pocket Poet anthologies titled "Blues Poems" and "Jazz Poems." Young is the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.
"Spain in Our Hearts": Adam Hochschild's New Book
As Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has catapulted the issue of fascism into the mainstream U.S. political realm, we turn to best-selling author Adam Hochschild, who has just written a remarkable, sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War. The book is called "Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939." It tells the story of how the Spanish Civil War captivated the world with volunteers flooding to Spain to bolster the democratic government’s efforts to stave off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini. Some 2,800 Americans went to Spain as volunteers in the fight against fascism, and nearly a quarter of them perished there. The Americans were known as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. After two-and-a-half years of fighting, the fascists were able to declare victory on April 1, 1939. World War II began shortly afterward. Adam Hochschild is the author of eight books, including "King Leopold’s Ghost," "To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918” and now "Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939."
Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction: 2015 National Book Festival
Louise Erdrich receives the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. She discusses her work with Marie Arana, co-director of the festival.
Speaker Biography: The winner of the 2015 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, Louise Erdrich is the author of novels, poetry, short stories, children's books and nonfiction books. She is one of the most acclaimed Ojibwe Native American writers and has received a Pushcart Prize, a National Book Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and a PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. Her novel "The Plague of Doves" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Erdrich's other books include "Love Medicine," "Four Souls," "The Painted Drum," "Shadow Tag," and her latest work, "The Round House." She lives in Minnesota, where she is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore that focuses on Native American literature.
Michael Ian Black & Julia Turner | Navel Gazing
As a veteran stand-up comic, an actor in beloved movies and series like The State, Stella, Wet Hot American Summer, and more, and a New York Times best-selling author, Michael Ian Black has seen a lot. Which is why the surprise of seeing middle age rear its ugly head in the form of a grim medical diagnosis was so, well, surprising. In Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom's, which I know sounds weird), he trains his irreverent comedic eye on the foibles of the forty-and-up set.
For a different perspective on middle-aged man in general, and on one very funny middle-aged man specifically, join Michael and Slate’s editor-in-chief and Culture Gabfest co-host Julia Turner for a conversation in the Rare Book Room.
Jeffrey Eugenides's First Time | My First Time | The Paris Review
Jeffrey Eugenides discusses his first novel, “The Virgin Suicides.” Part of “The Paris Review”'s “My First Time” video interview series.
NBCC Awards Ceremony for Publishing Year 2015
March 17, 2016 at The New School, New York, NY.
Video by Kevin Kino
In Order of Appearance
Welcome: Luis Jaramillo, Director, The New School Writing Program
Opening Remarks: Tom Beer, President, National Book Critics Circle
John Leonard Prize: Kirstin Valdez Quade, “Night at the Fiestas” (W.W. Norton), presented by Jane Ciabattari
Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: Carlos Lozada, presented by Gregg Barrios
Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Wendell Berry, presented by David Biespiel with introduction by Nick Offerman
Poetry: Ross Gay, “Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude” (University of Pittsburgh Press), presented by Tess Taylor
Criticism: Maggie Nelson, “The Argonauts” (Graywolf), presented by Walton Muyumba
Autobiography: Margo Jefferson “Negroland” (Pantheon), presented by Joanna Scutts
Biography: Charlotte Gordon, “Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley” (Random House), presented by Elizabeth Taylor
Nonfiction: Sam Quinones, “Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic” (Bloomsbury), presented by Karen Long
Fiction: Paul Beatty, “The Sellout” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), presented by Carolyn Kellogg
Hanya Yanagihara in Conversation with David K. Wheeler @ University Book Store
Bursting onto the literary scene with her acclaimed debut novel The People in the Trees in 2013, Hanya Yanagihara continues to wow with her multi-award nominated A Little Life. Similarly upsetting, challenging, and deeply moving, A Little Life takes readers from the jungle to the streets of New York as it chronicles the relationships between four male friends from the time they graduate college until they are in their fifties. In its pages, Yanagihara offers up a profound story of brotherly love that explores race, homosexuality, loyalty, and success, and culminates in a dark examination of trauma, memory, and the limits of human endurance.
Kate Beaton | Sept 22, 2015 | Appel Salon
Kate Beaton, the New York Times bestselling creator of the comic strip Hark! A Vagrant and her follow-up, Step Aside Pops, talks with National Post's Emily M. Keeler and answers questions from the audience.
The Black Panthers: A Conversation with Nelson and Elizabeth Sackler
Watch a conversation with Stanley Nelson, the director of "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution," and Dr. Elizabeth Sackler, held at the Brooklyn Museum on February 6, 2015.
After Words with E.J. Dionne, "Why the Right Went Wrong"
Syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne looks at republican politics from Barry Goldwater to current day & examines how what he calls their "rightward move is impacting government & the 2016 race. He's interviewed by Juan Williams, Co-host of "The Five" on Fox.
Matthew Desmond, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City"
Harvard Sociology Professor Matthew Desmond discusses his book, "Evicted", which looks at public housing and poverty in America through the prism of eight families from the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee.
Mary Karr and Helen Macdonald
Author of The Liars’ Club, Cherry and Lit, Mary Karr has now written “another astonishingly perceptive, wildly entertaining and profoundly honest book,” wrote Cheryl Strayed. “Funny, fascinating, necessary, The Art of Memoir will be the definitive book on reading and writing memoir for years to come.”
Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk is “the discovery of the season,” wrote The Economist. “One part memoir, one part gorgeous evocation of the natural world and one part literary meditation—lit with a grace that sweeps down to the reader to hold her wrist tight with beautiful, terrible claws.” Her new book of poems is Shaler’s Fish.
Marilyn Chin: 2015 National Book Festival
Marilyn Chin discusses "Hard Love Province" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Chinese-American poet Marilyn Chin is a writer, activist, editor and professor of English. She has received numerous honors, including five Pushcart Prizes, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award and various fellowships. Her work has been featured in "The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry" and other anthologies. She has published several volumes of poetry, including "Rhapsody in Plain Yellow," "The Phoenix Gone" and "Dwarf Bamboo." Her latest work, "Hard Love Province," won the 2015 Ainsfield-Wolf Prize for Poetry. Chin is currently the co-director of the MFA program at San Diego State University.
Author Rick Moody
Gotham: Rick Moody’s Hotels of North America. December 12, 2015
Behavorial Scientist Jennifer Verdolin On The Challanges Of Being A Writer
Jennifer Verdolin, behavioral scientist, applies her knowledge of animal courtship and mating behaviors to human relationships. Her book on the subject, Wild Connection (2014), grows out of her same-titled blog for Psychology Today. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, The Smithsonian, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”