Centennial of Mexican Literary Legends: 2014 National Book Festival
The Library of Congress National Book Festival, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute, presented a dialogue on the works and contributions of three giants of Mexican literature — the poets Octavio Paz and Efrain Huerta and the novelist Jose Revueltas, all of whom were born in 1914. Panelists will include poets Marcelo Uribe and Coral Bracho.
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.
The Virtual Interview: Edward Snowden
The New Yorker Festival presents Edward Snowden in conversation with Jane Mayer.
Interview with Daniel Alarcon
Interview with Daniel Alarcón about his non-traditional literary background and his relationship with Spanish literature.
Claire Messud: 2014 National Book Festival
Claire Messud appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Evie Shockley, 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.
Gabriella Coleman, Astra Taylor and Molly Crabapple on Anonymous
Gabriella Coleman, author of
Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy
, is joined by Astra Taylor and Molly Crabapple to discuss the "Anonymous" phenomenon.
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.
Alice McDermott: 2014 National Book Festival
Alice McDermott appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Kara Swisher, Jonah Peretti, Shane Smith, and David Carr on New and Old Media
’s New Establishment Summit, the folks behind Re/code, Buzzfeed, and Vice speak with David Carr of
The New York Times
about how the Internet has changed the news media.
Anne Waldman: Reading and Writing Long Poems
In our Poets Forum Chancellors Discussions, our celebrated poets, through a series of intimate talks, examine issues central to poetry today. In this video from Poets Forum 2013, Anne Waldman speaks on the topic: Reading and Writing Long Poems.
Siri Hustvedt: 2014 National Book Festival
Siri Hustvedt appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
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.