David Shields and Caleb Powell at University Book Store
UW alum Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life. His former UW professor and bestselling novelist David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art. In their impassioned, funny, and probing new book,
I Think You Are Totally Wrong
, they recount the collision of their different lives and perspectives over the course of a weekend-long debate about meaning, value, and success in life and art.
Goldie Blumenstyk on the rising cost of higher education
Goldie Blumenstyk, author of
American Higher Education in Crisis?: What Everyone Needs to Know
, discusses the actions taken by colleges to become more cost conscious, the focus on retention rates, and the effort to improve credit transfer policies.
Creative Nonfiction Panel: 2014 National Book Festival
What is creative nonfiction? What makes it creative? How do writers of this genre approach their subject matter and tackle some of its inherent challenges? National Endowment for the Arts Literature Director Amy Stolls moderated a discussion with creative nonfiction writers Paisley Rekdal and Eula Biss about their work and experiences with such issues as research, sticking to the facts, points of view and marketability.
, Before the Paris Terror Shooting Attack | Op-Docs
In this short documentary filmed at
in 2006, cartoonists and editors design a satirical front page image of Muhammad.
Evening Poetry Slam: 2014 National Book Festival
Evening Poetry Slam at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Anthology of Spanish Writers: 2014 National Book Festival
Valerie Miles, founding co-editor of Granta en espaņol, will share some of the anecdotes and stories that led to the publication of her unprecedented book,
A Thousand Forests in One Acorn
Cartoonist Lives Matter: Art Spiegelman Responds to Charlie Hebdo Attack
Art Spiegelman is renowned American cartoonist, editor and comics advocate. In 1992, he won a Pulitzer Prize for "Maus," considered one of the most important graphic novels ever published and one of the most influential works on the Nazi Holocaust. Spiegelman also founded the comics magazine RAW. In 2005, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine. After today’s broadcast on the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, we continued our discussion with Spiegelman to talk about his life’s work and the power of cartoons
Poetry Out Loud: 2014 National Book Festival
Poetry Out Loud at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C
H. Alan Day, Sandra Day O'Connor & Lynn Wiese Sneyd: 2014 National Book Festival
Sandra Day O'Connor, H. Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd appear at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas Carr |
The Glass Cage: Automation and Us
Nicholas Carr writes about technology and culture. His latest book,
The Glass Cage
, asks: What kind of world are we building for ourselves? That’s the question bestselling author Nicholas Carr tackles in this urgent, absorbing book on the human consequences of automation. At once a celebration of technology and a warning about its misuse,
The Glass Cage
will change the way you think about the tools you use every day.
Books in Translation Panel: 2014 National Book Festival
Ever wonder what it takes to translate a great work of literature from another language into English? Why are translators the unsung heroes of the literary world? What can we learn from their deep dive into the words of writers outside our borders? Amy Stolls moderated a discussion with author-translator Paul Auster and Natasha Wimmer (Roberto Bolano's translator) about the art of translation and its role in the literary world.
Cornelius Eady, 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.
Faces in the Crowd
Called an "extraordinary new literary talent" by the Telegraph and "an exciting female voice" by the Guardian, Valeria Luiselli's new novel FACES IN THE CROWD and collection of essays SIDEWALKS are available for pre-order through Coffee House Press.
Patti Smith: "I don't like to be pigeonholed"
This year’s Chicago Tribune Literary Award pays tribute to Patti Smith, a galvanizing artistic force for four decades.
Chimamanda Adichie: Beauty does not solve any problem
I am drawn to the beauty of sentences, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie confesses in this interview. Nevertheless it is important to keep a distance to your characters.