Alicia Suskin Ostriker at the NYS Writers Institute in 2015
Alicia Suskin Ostriker, author of fifteen poetry collections, is a two-time finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry for The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968–1998 (1999) and The Crack in Everything (1996). Ostriker is also the author of The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979-2011 (2012) and the collection The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (2014).
2015 PEN Literary Gala
The PEN Literary Gala is a uniquely moving and exhilarating black-tie event featuring distinguished American and international writers. It provides crucial funding for PEN’s work to secure the liberty of imprisoned writers worldwide, defend freedom of expression, and promote international cultural exchange. The PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award is granted to an imprisoned writer of conscience in particularly dire circumstances, the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award is presented to a hero of freedom of expression online, and the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award honors a critically acclaimed writer whose work illuminates the human condition in original and powerful ways. This year’s recipient will be Tom Stoppard. The Publisher Honoree will be Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle.
Astra Taylor on Taking Back Power in the Age of Networks
The Internet is said to be a space of democratic expression and transformation, both culturally and politically. But how true is that claim? What are some of the economic, technical, and legal obstacles in place? Drawing from her recent book, "The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age," and her experience as an artist and an activist, Astra Taylor — filmmaker, writer, and political organizer — addresses campaigns by musicians against streaming services and debtors against creditors to reflect on the larger question of how to organize and leverage change in an age of virtual networks — be they networks of cultural distribution or financial ones.
Quraysh Ali Lansana: The Walmart Republic
Quraysh Ali Lansana stops by the Academy of American Poets to discuss his latest book of poems,
The Walmart Republic
, cowritten by Christopher Stewart.
Joyce Carol Oates: Abnormal State of Writing
Joyce Carol Oates – one of the most accomplished living American authors – here shares her two very different approaches to writing and argues that writing is in fact “a somewhat abnormal state.”
Phillip Sterling, reading from his book "In Which Brief Stories Are Told"
The story is titled "Deja Vu." Brief encounters with the suffering and triumphs of characters living in northern Michigan by Phillip Sterling.
Conferral of the 6th Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity
The 6th John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity was awarded to Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor at this ceremony. The Kluge Prize celebrates the importance of the study of humanity and recognizes individuals whose outstanding scholarship in the humanities and social sciences has shaped both public affairs and civil society.
Neil Strauss | The Truth Panel
Neil Strauss, in celebration of his new book The Truth, discusses relationships with authors Christopher Ryan & Esther Perel.
John Darnielle | Wolf In White Van
Celebrating the debut novel of the man behind the
, John Darnielle’s
Wolf In White Van!
He talks about the novel, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, and like his greatest songs, explores the inner life of a desperate character.
Greg Proops & John Fugelsang | The Smartest Book in the World
Greg Proops chats with John Fugelsang about his new book,
The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool
Marlon James Q&A on A Brief History of Seven Killings
Marlon James answers some questions about his Man Booker winning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Jeff Nunokawa & Rebecca Mead | Note Book
Princeton English professor Jeff Nunokawa is somewhat of an essayist phenomenon, having posted a few contemplative thoughts in the Notes section of his Facebook page every single morning since 2007. Join Strand and Jeff in an exclusive celebration of this truly unique distillation of the 250 best posts, titled Note Book!
In conversation with Jeff is Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch, who called Note Book “a strange and enduring wonder.”
Why Literature Matters: 2015 National Book Festival
In an age that would argue that more vital priorities prevail, why does literature matter? Three very different thinkers (Jane Hirshfield, Azar Nafisi and Jeffrey Brown) came together at the 2015 National Book Festival to talk about the transformational power of the imagination and how it speaks to the most vibrant questions of our time: revolution, dissent, success, failure, abundance, poverty, war, community and the abiding human quest for meaning.
Asian American Literature Today: AA Lettres Fellows
A panel discussion among writers Ocean Vuong, Cathy Linh Che and Eugenia Leigh on the state of Asian-American literature.
Legendary Poet Nikki Giovanni
Giovanni has penned numerous poetry collections, pioneered the spoken word tradition that gave rise to hip-hop, was an integral figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and has continued to write and speak on issues like race and gender to this day.