Jamaica Kincaid on writing, her life, and
The New Yorker
Born in Antigua, Jamaica Kincaid arrived in the United States as a seventeen-year-old au pair. Working her way through college, she eventually became a staff writer at the
and one of our most renowned novelists. Her Caribbean birthplace continues to inspire her fiction, from "Annie John" and "Lucy" to "Mr. Potter" and "See Now Then." Join her for a wide-ranging conversation with CHF Emeritus Artistic Director Lawrence Weschler.
Alice McDermott: 2014 National Book Festival
Alice McDermott appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
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.
Lauren Beukes, Lev Grossman, and Jeff VanderMeer: Mutual Appreciation
On September 22, 2014, Lauren Beukes (
), Lev Grossman (
trilogy), and Jeff VanderMeer (the Southern Reach trilogy) appeared at Housing Works Bookstore and Café in New York City to discuss their new books. Before the event, we asked the authors to take a moment to tell us what they appreciate about each other's writing.
Clay Risen: 2014 National Book Festival
Clay Risen appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
How to Read a Poem & Fall in Love with Poetry
Fiction Editor Ron Charles conducts an in-depth interview with poet Edward Hirsch.
Rivka Galchen at Book Smart Tulsa
Writer Rivka Galchen is interview by Jeff Martin after her appearance at Book Smart Tulsa.
asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.
Francis Fukuyama on
Political Order and Political Decay
The political scientist explains how the West has developed strong states while the Middle East and Africa continue to struggle.
Claire Messud: 2014 National Book Festival
Claire Messud appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Men We Reaped
Winner of the 2014 Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for Nonfiction.
In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, led Ward to write her remarkable memoir
Men We Reaped
. Called “raw, beautiful and dangerous” by the
New York Times Book Review
, it is a haunting and essential story.
Choose Your Own Autobiography
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CHOOSE YOUR OWN AUTOBIOGRAPHY! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based-life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life.
Stephen Fry introduces
More Fool Me
Actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry introduces his upcoming memoir,
More Fool Me
, the follow up to 2010's
The Fry Chronicles
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.
Xiaolu Guo reads from I AM CHINA
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Ace Hotel, New York City