Playwright Ayad Akhtar on His Pulitzer-Winning Play
Playwright Ayad Akhtar talks about his Pulitzer Prize-winning play,
, making its Broadway premiere Sept. 2014.
Karl Ove Knausgaard and Stephen Grosz in conversation
In May 2014, the Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop arranged for Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of the
novels, to meet in conversation with Stephen Grosz, author of
The Examined Life
and renowned psychoanalyst. The two men discuss death, intimacy, art, controversy, Bruce Springsteen and more with riveting candour and insight.
Cathy Park Hong, P.O.P
Shot and edited by poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths, P.O.P is a video series featuring contemporary American poets who read both an original poem and a poem by another poet, after which they reflect on their choice. They then answer a question contributed anonymously by a poet in the series, and leave their own question for another to answer. What results is an evolving, multifaceted conversation among poets about the art form. In 2014, the Academy of American Poets partnered with Griffiths to release the P.O.P video series throughout the year on Poets.org.
Anne Curzan: What makes a word "real"?
One could argue that slang words like 'hangry,' 'defriend' and 'adorkable' fill crucial meaning gaps in the English language, even if they don't appear in the dictionary. After all, who actually decides which words make it into those vaulted pages? Language historian Anne Curzan gives a charming look at the humans behind dictionaries, and the choices they make on a constant basis.
ASK LENA #5: Insecure writer
NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL, a hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays by Lena, is on sale September 30.
Banned Books Week 2014: A Look Back
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), one of the sponsors of Banned Books Week, hosted this Hangout to provide an overview of some successful programs funded by FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.
Tribute to Louise Gluck, Part 2
Recorded in 2012 at the New School in New York City in celebration of the release of Gluck's "Poems: 1962-2012." Part two readers: Peter Streckfus, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Louise Gluck.
Timothy Donnelly: The Internet's Impact on Writing
Timothy Donnelly is a poet, teacher and winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He spoke at the 2012 Poets Forum on the subject of "Poetry & Social Media." Donnelly discusses the impact the Internet at large has had on his work.
TAVIS SMILEY | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Tonight on PBS I'm joined by acclaimed Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose novels including
for which she won the National Book Critics Circle Award and
Half of a Yellow Sun
deal with the intersection of race and identity.
John Scalzi introduces
at University Book Store - Seattle
A Hugo award-winner and master of originality, author John Scalzi is back with a thought-provoking and suspenseful new novel set in a future forever altered by a virus that killed 400 million people. Of the survivors, one percent is left in a state of "lock in"—fully aware mentally, but stuck inside unresponsive bodies and able to interact with the physical world only through androids or by borrowing the bodies of those known as Integrators. When a murder is committed by an Integrator, the question is: Who or what is really behind it? Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
Richard Flanagan in Conversation with Patrick McGrath at McNally Jackson
Author Richard Flanagan discusses his new book,
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
, with author Patrick McGrath at McNally Jackson bookstore in New York City. Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Eula Biss Talks About Her New Book
Eula Biss sat down with us at BookExpo America 2014 to talk about her newest book
. Topics include our symbiotic relationship with germs, collective disease fighting through genetic diversity, mothers, Greek mythology, and her interest in writing about vampires.
Abortion as a Social Good: Katha Pollitt Pens New Vision for Pro-Choice Movement
We look at a book out this week that offers a new vision for the pro-choice movement. In
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights
, Nation columnist Katha Pollitt dissects the logic behind the hundreds of abortion restrictions enacted over the past few years and shows that, at their core, they are not about safety, but about controlling women. In order to reverse the tide of eroding access, Pollitt concludes, the pro-choice movement must end the "awfulization" of abortion. She writes, "I want us to start thinking of abortion as a positive social good and saying this out loud."
Kitten Writing Summit
We are proud to share an extremely rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of kittens, hard at work on their next book. Recorded live in August 2014. Read the what the kittens came up with in
I Knead My Mommy
, available wherever books are sold.
Marilynne Robinson on Faith, Capitalism and Democracy
Pulitzer-prize winning author Marilynne Robinson talks about what the title character of her new book
says about democracy in America.